If you plan to work in America, you need a work visa. There are many nonimmigrant visa types in the US, that give work authorization. As a majority of US work visa seekers are high-skilled, H1B Visa is the most popular of all of them. The biggest challenge many faces is how to find H1B Visa sponsoring companies that can file H1B visas on their behalf.
In this article, we will look at the five best options to find H1B visa sponsoring companies. If you are looking for an end-to-end process, read How to apply for H1B Visa – Various Steps, Process
If you are new to the H1B Visa process, you may read: Basics of H1B Visa, Commonly asked questions on H1B Visa
Your current Geographic location Importance to finding H1B Sponsor
Depending on where you are located, some of the options we discuss in this article may or may not work out. For example, finding an internship may not immediately help someone, who is outside of the US, get an immediate H1B sponsorship. We will highlight the same when we talk about each of the options.
Below are the five best ways to find H1B Visa sponsors if you plan to work in the US on an H1B visa. We will look at each of them in detail.
- Use H1B Visa Sponsors Database
- Find an internship at an H1B sponsoring company
- Get a job at a global consulting company (MNCs)
- Find a role at a boutique consulting company
- Find a job at a Univerity or non-profit research organization
Option 1: Search H1B Visa Sponsors Database
The simplest way to find an H1B sponsor is to look at the website H1BGrader.com, which has H1B Visa Sponsors Database. They have taken data from USCIS H1B Data Hub and H1B LCA data published by the US Department of Labor for public disclosure and nicely put up search options to find sponsors using the below options.
- You can search for H1B sponsors by company name, state, and city.
- You can browse the H1B companies list by H1B Job Titles, City, etc.
- You can view H1B Salaries by Company
- If you know the company, you can look at the LCAs’ details to see what kind of jobs they have filed H1Bs in the last ten years.
Based on your criteria, you can find the list of H1B sponsoring companies in a city or by job title of your interest and create a list. You can even use the Grade on H1BGrader.com to do the ranking.
Apply for a Job, ask for H1B sponsorship: Once you have the list of H1B sponsoring companies, the next step is to apply for a job at that company or reach out to anyone who works in that company to plan for the next steps. Once you find a job, then ask them to sponsor for H1B Visa, when the H1B registration process starts.
Below is a screenshot of how the H1BGrader.com search looks like, you have options to choose the right tab and search by job title or city as well.
Option 2: Start with Internship, Progress to H1B visa
The option of an internship is very logical for F1 visa students who are studying in the US in a degree program and plan to graduate soon. Depending on where you are living and studying, you could fall into one of the two options below
- Studying in the USA: If you are living and studying in America on an F1 visa, you get options such as CPT, OPT, and STEM OPT to work and gain some practical experience. This is nothing but internship time. You can find an internship at a company that offers H1B sponsorship and prove your value so that they offer you a full-time job. Once they offer you a full-time job, you can ask them to sponsor you with an H1-B Visa. You can validate or verify if a company sponsors H1B by checking H1BGrader.com
- Studying outside of USA: If you are not in America and studying in your home country, then also you can try to find an internship at a company that has US Operations and employees. If they have US operations, they are likely to have international workers as well. You can check H1BGrader to find out if the company sponsors H1B visas in the US. If so, you can find an internship at that company and then do well to convert that to full-time job. Eventually, in a year or two, you can request them to sponsor an H1B visa and move you to work in the US.
You can use the above-listed Option 1 method to create a list of H1B sponsoring companies and then go after them to find internships at those companies. When you find an internship or co-op at a company that can sponsor an H1B visa, you need to make sure that the company that you pick up the internship from is willing to sponsor an H1B visa at some point for you after graduation.
Note: You do not have to confuse or scare the companies with your H1B visa requests when applying for an internship. You can give a hint at the final stages of internships, asking if they plan to sponsor H1B for anyone who becomes a full-time employee in the future after the internship.
Option 3: Find Jobs at Global Consulting Companies
Global Consulting companies like TCS, WIPRO, Infosys, Accenture, etc. have a large workforce that works on H1B visas. These are multinational companies(MNCs) that have various kinds of roles ranging from IT roles to accounting. Usually, if you are based outside of the US and plan to work in the US, working for these companies could be your best bet.
If you are outside of the US, you can apply for a job at any of these large global consulting companies like TCS, WIPRO, Infosys, etc., and make sure you negotiate about the H1B Visa sponsorship when you take the offer. Some say they can do it in one year or two years. Some may say they cannot. You need to validate and get some commitment from the manager on this before you join.
Joining outsourcing companies without a commitment from the manager is going to be difficult because, internally, there would be a very long queue of employees waiting for H1B Visa sponsorship.
Option 4: Boutique Consulting Companies in USA
Thousands of boutique consulting companies outside of the US have US operations. They hire people outside of the US and bring them to the US to work on their projects. These are not big outsourcing firms, but rather small companies with limited resources and people. Many of these companies are focused on some industry verticals or some specific areas, where large players do not operate.
You need to find some of these specific boutique IT consulting companies in your home country or in the US that can sponsor your H1B visa. You can also use H1BGrader.com to find such small Boutique Consulting companies as well and contact them.
Issues with IT Bodyshops, Chances for Fraud
When you are working with small Boutique Consulting companies, there is a chance for you to stumble upon IT Bodyshops, where there is a chance for fraud. You need to be very careful when you work with these kinds of companies.
- With the H1B Visa rules changes over the years, it has become very difficult to find small companies with a credible background to sponsor H1B visas. You would need to have personal connections in small companies to evaluate their profile and pick up a role.
- There are many small IT Bodyshop companies that take money from you and claim that they will sponsor H1B Visa. You will need to be very careful with such companies as legally you should NOT pay for your H1B visa filing fee or expenses.
- Avoid H1B fraud companies as listed by the US Dept of Labor
- One way to avoid fraud is by talking to close your network of people both in your home country and USA.
- You would see lots of people posting contact info on the blog or Facebook groups telling them they will help you with sponsors and everything, be careful! DO NOT share your information publicly. USCIS is very careful screening small-size companies, make sure the company you pick has a good background by verifying our H1B Visa Database like H1BGrader.
We at RedBus2US.com do NOT sponsor H1Bs. We are NOT associated with any large or small company. We are a community-driven blog educating students and professionals and do not do any H1B sponsorship. We are not associated with anyone who sponsors H1Bs. Be careful when someone uses our name.
Option 5: Find Jobs at US Universities, Cap Exempt H1Bs
Another great way to work in America on H1-B Visa is to find a job at a non-profit research institution or a University. Typically, most non-profit higher education institutions do not fall under H1B Visa annual cap restrictions, so they are free to sponsor anyone as long as they have a job and believe that you are the right candidate. The H1B sponsored by such Universities or non-profit research institutions is called cap-exempt H1B.
As you would be considered cap-exempt as you do not have to go through the H1B visa cap quota, which has a set limit of 85,000 H1B visas per year. It is a great option for anyone on an H4 visa or F1 Visa if you like to work at a school. You got to be careful here, if you miss the cap start date in April and join a University, then you would need to wait until next year for moving out to a regular company, so be careful!
The biggest caveat is that you cannot transfer your cap-exempt H1B to any other regular company that is subject to an annual H1B cap. Example: If you get an H1B visa sponsored at a university under cap-exempt, you cannot transfer it to companies such as Microsoft, Google, Meta, Amazon, etc.
What are other ways to find H1B Visa Sponsors? Any other ideas?
Hello, I am looking for a job in the USA. I am an electromechanical technician and I have more than 15 years of experience in this field of large-format digital printing machines and I currently work for the Italian distributor of the Mutoh brand. I am interested in obtaining a work visa since my intention is to be able to work at Mutoh America which is in Arizona at Phonix I am an Italian citizen
Hahaha I know I am late to the party (comments)
….but WOW!! Nobody really read the article 🙈🤣 Only asking the poor man for advice when he literally gave you a step by step guide what to do and then just asked for comments if someone else had any input on other ideas on finding sponsors, probably from people already been through it.
NOT 100 comments of asking him to help you find a sponsor and telling him your life story why you need it, when he just gave you the tools for you to go and do it yourself 🤣🤣🤣
Hello Mr. Kumar,
I am from India & want a H1 Visa. I am having 20 yrs of experience in automotive sector and heading plant operation. Can you guide us how to get an HI visa sponsers to proceed .
Hello..my self Roshan basnet .I’m from Nepal. Now i was working in dubai..start to my careers since 2015 i was in dubai and start to work food and bervage department and now still i was working the same field ..
We do not sponsor H1B, you need to find the same using the options listed.
Hello..I am AMRIT B K. I’m from Nepal. Now I am working in Graphics Designing and Video editing since 2010. Can I apply in this field in USA ? My academic is Intermedite clear and bachelor 2nd year running. If I can apply Printing and designing company please reply me about it.
You may, if they have sponsored H1B in the past and if you qualify for it. Reach out to those companies.
I have been working in Indushankar Chini Udyog .Ltd Harion (Sarlahi) From 17 Aug 2017.I have an experience of 1 year as a Master Trainer in Crisp Academy in Bhopal and worked 6 months in production process and maintenance areas in Shiv-Shakt Chemoplast.Pvt.Ltd Chorni-04, Parsa (Neapl).Having gained invaluable experience in machines maintenance and shift Operation. I am driven by a fervent work ethic and genuine desire for self- improvement.
We do not sponsor H1B, you need to use the above approach and directly reach out to companies.
I am Sabina Giri.I got bachelor degree from Pokhara University in Social Science from Nepal.I am working in Shreejana Development Centre from 2yrs. I have working experience in Tally,data-voucher entry,Graphic design &Manage outdoor field programme.
please,kindly let me know h1 visa or sponser letter soon
You can use any of the listed methods and reach out to employers directly.
I am Ram kaji shrrstha from Nepal. I have good and efficetive accounting ,finance and management knowledge . I pass MBS from TU in 2017. I am looking for h1b sponsorship visa for company of usa.
We do not advise on sponsoring companies, but we have given you the approach, you need to find them and reach out to them.
To whom it may concern.
Sir I want h1b visa sponcer seriously. I am from Nepal and I have completed by bachelor from Tu. And I have been working in elite agro Uae as teamleader and data entry and have worked in Burger king Uae for 2 years.
Thanks and regards
It is not as simple as this. You need do some work, reach out to companies and apply to them…The above article talks about options to find the employers…
I’m pramesh koirala, I got Bachelors degree from Copenhagen, Denmark.
I have experience working in Hospitality in Australia and Denmark.
I request you to provide me sponsor letter as soon as possible.
We do not advise on companies here. You can reach out to companies directly, we just have given guidance on how to search for those companies.
I have 7 years of experience in pharmacovigilance and holding H4 visa. Looking for H1b visa sponsor.
I am ready to pay visa fee.
I need this visa
I have 9+ years exp in IT industry and working on PEGA(PRPC),Marketing and Decisioning framework and currently in US FL on H4.
Looking for H1B sponsorship FY 2018- 19.
Kindly recommend few consultancies.
We do not advise on consultancies.
Its a good effort taken by Red 2bus to help People understand Visa and Immigration in US.
Rather than attracting students or some aspirants to US jobs and get into trouble and have to look for secondary options, it’s better to have some concrete plan. I do understand that US Job Market is big and have lots of options but none of this really helps anyone solve their immigration/Visa issues. Sooner or later people end up in Immigration/visa dilemma in US and lose all their mental peace.
It’s time for people to have long term goals that helps them have a balanced social, work and personal life. All the Immigration/Visa are never gonna let people have a American dream that they think of. If someone still wants to pursue the American Dream, better be prepared for a long term struggle or just know that if something goes against you it’s better to get back to your comfort zone ‘home sweet home’.
Good thoughts Junaid 🙂
I am Rabindra Khadka I am from nepal now I am in San Antonio Texas USA for J1 internship in the hotel August 152018 to Aug 20 2019. I have done my Bachelor degree in Hotel hospitality administration from ihm pusa new New Delhi in 2017. I have experienced in the Hotel industry I have apply the H1B visa plz help me.
Please follow the steps described in above article.
I have 6 years exp in IT industry and currently in US TX in h4. Looking for h1 sponsorship FY 2018- 19. Kindly recommend few consultancies.
I had visited US on B1/B2 visa an year back on a short 2 month trip. As I had several years of experience in niche areas, I was approached by companies like IBM, Uber who interviewed me for some positions but because I was visiting for 2 months (May-June), they couldn’t start the H1B process and so we didn’t proceed with interview.
Now I have an admit in MS Electrical Engineering degree from a university in California which I plan to start in Fall 2018.
So once I enter US on F-1 visa this coming September, if I can find an employer (which I am sure I can) who is ready to hire me, do you think they will be able to file H1B visa for me under general (65000) quota ?
What are the risks and issues involved in filling H1b in general cap while on F-1 Visa during 1st year of MS ?
Assuming I don’t get the visa in lottery, can I then upon graduation file for OPT and later H1B under Masters cap ?
Looking for H1b sponsorship for the year 2018-19. Please help.
I have 5 years of Experience in IT industry.
Currently I am in US on H4 visa and willing to apply for H1 visa this year.
Can anyone suggest for good consultant / recruitment consultant to apply for H1?
Did anyone filed H1b this year?? please let me know genuine consultant name .
Any suggestions most appreciable!!
I have been working in IT industry since last 13+ years and and working on Oracle public cloud since last 5 years. My wife is in USA on F1, Hence I am looking for some reliable H1B sponsorers to relocate to USA.
Could you please help me to find one?
I need a information regarding sponsorship for h1b.Currently i’m living in San Antonio,Tx.I want details regarding jobs in San Antonio too.Thanks
sir I have done MBBS from Ukraine .. and I have 5 year work experience in India .. how and from where I can get sponsered ..?
I am looking for companies details who can do H1B transfer from india.
Please let me know where i could find the information.
I am currently living in Cape Town South Africa seeking a permanent opportunity to work abroad.
I’m a Freelance Graphic Designer and completed a certificate program in Graphic and Web Design from the University of Cape Town. I have over thirty oil paintings sold to private collectors and also hold a Diploma in Art Education.
I have 3 years graphic designer experience.
I’m seeking work authorization sponsorship. H1B visa sponsor
Hi I’m big boy
7 years experience in home nursing looking for sponsors also have diploma in supply chain and logistics management +27
Hi,this is manjunath . I have 8 years of IT experience .I am intersted in applying for H1b this year. Kindly letme know if there are trustable H1b sponsors
Hi this is amardeep. I have a6 years experience as a staff nurse in reputed hospital. I want to get H1B visa .. how can i get sponsorship . Thanks
Thank you so much for the information!!
Is there a list/database of non-profit organizations that offers Cap-exempt H1 ?
I missed the deadline last year as I was taking the boards and was waiting on my licensure. Now, my OPT period will expire in Dec 2018.
and I don’t want to apply for an academic position!
Hello my self Dashit Modi from India. I have 2 years experience as Sr. Technical Recruiter position. I did bachelor degree in information technology . I need H1B visa.
I have done bsc 2nd year completed and have 13 + job experience in bpo final year 2 paper arrer degree not completed is that iam eligible to entry h1b visa.
Hello my self Anil Kumar from India. I have 8 years experience as data analyst position. I did master degree in information technology . I need H1B visa.
I am working in MNC company .I have 2 years of experience in web development .can you please help me to find out the H1-B sponsors
This is raj here , i am a full stack developer with 6 years of experience in java/j2ee,
advanced js (angular,ember), phonegap,android application development
i am looking for h1 sponsorship this year , please let me know if any company/consultancy sponsoring h1 and please be noted i would not be able to pay for h1 sponsorship