How to Check if You Can Still Get a Job and Be Sponsored for a Visa During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic affects working/exchange visa (non-immigrant visas) issuance in some countries unless you are based in the U.S.A with a current working visa. If you are, this doesn’t affect you as you may get an adjustment of status to a new visa/status without leaving the States.
If you are not based in the United States yet, please read the steps below in their entirety. Check all of them one by one to make sure you can get a job and be sponsored for a visa during the Coronavirus pandemic before subscribing to our ‘Get Hired’ plan.
1. Check if You are Eligible for at Least One Visa That is Not Temporarily Suspended
Since June 24th, 2020, and until the end of this year, some J-1, H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visa issuances are suspended. Here is the official executive order.
First, check the visas calculated for you in your dashboard under “My Future Visa” (these are visas you may qualify for); do you see a visa different from J-1, H-1B, H-2B, or L-1?
- If yes, continue to step 2.
- If not, unfortunately, you will have to wait for the executive order to be lifted. Rest assured, it won’t last forever. In the meantime, you can still work on your resume so that you ready for when you can start your job search in the U.S.A again. This way, you can save several days on preparation once it reopens.
If you do not see visas you may qualify for in your dashboard, complete your profile first to calculate them.
2. Check if You Have Open Jobs in Your Field Based On Your Visa Eligibility
COVID-19 disrupts working/exchange visa issuance because it affects the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate in the U.S. increased for some industries/fields while it dropped for others.
So, make sure to check if you have job opportunities for you on USponsorMe.
Please note: do not consider a career change for your upcoming job in the U.S.A because U.S. immigration will ask you for proof that you can do the job to issue you the visa. So, stick with a target position you already have experience with, or at least something similar. If you have only a few instances of job experience or no experience at all, stick with a position that is related to at least one of your degrees.
You can change your job title at the top search bar with something related to your past experience or degrees.
Also, remove J-1, H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas from the “visa” filter and then see what is popping up. You can change other filters such as “location” to search a wider area in the United States.
Check if the jobs you see are a good fit for you by clicking “More Details” to display the whole job description.
Do you see open jobs you are interested in?
- If yes, it means your field is not impacted by the COVID-19 (as recruiters still hire candidates), and you can still get sponsored. Continue to step 3!
- If not, unfortunately, we do not have job opportunities for you right now. However, we suggest you turn on your job alert, so we can send you future job openings as soon as we have new ones for you in your visa eligibility. The executive order and COVID-19 economic crisis won’t last forever. So, we recommend you work on your resume in the meantime and be ready for when jobs will be available again. It will allow you to save several days on preparation once everything reopens.
3. Check With Your Nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate
For getting a non-immigrant visa, you will need to schedule an appointment at your closest U.S. embassy/consulate. However, some can be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, therefore, won’t be able to issue non-immigrant visas.
Some U.S. consulates and embassies have reopened to the public in certain countries, and some will reopen very soon. For your information, the USCIS (U.S. Immigration Office) reopened its doors to the public on June 4th.
Next, contact your closest U.S. embassy/consulate (through their website or by calling them) and ask them if they are open to the public and if they are currently issuing non-immigrant visas.
Is your closest U.S. embassy/consulate open to the public and does it issue non-immigrant visas?
- If yes, congratulations! You are good to go with your job search in the U.S.A! And we can still help you get one of the open jobs you see on our platform during the COVID-19 pandemic by subscribing to our ‘Get Hired’ plan. Before that, though, continue to step 4, the last step to read.
- If not, ask your embassy/consulate when they are going to reopen for non-immigrant visas issuance appointments. This way, even if they are currently closed, you will know when you can consider starting your job search in the USA. In the meantime, you can still work on your resume so that it will be ready once you start searching for jobs in the USA again. Doing this can save you several days on preparation once it reopens.
4. Check For Any Travel Bans From Your Country to the United States
As if it wasn’t difficult enough, you may have some restrictions on travel to the United States once you get your job offer and visa.
Check the current U.S. travel ban status here by clicking on the United States; do you see your country of residency on the list?
- If not, it means you do not have any travel restrictions, so you can travel to the U.S.A. without any problems.
- If yes, check if you are among the exceptions. If not, you still can consider an expatriation in the United States, but you will need to stay 14 days in a country that doesn’t have travel restrictions to the U.S.A. before entering the country.
Please make sure you check all those steps above before going ahead and subscribing to our ‘Get Hired’ plan. We don’t take responsibility for your choice to subscribe. If you have any doubt, contact us.
The COVID-19 pandemic won’t last forever, but this situation will last for months to come until the infection rate is under control. Be patient! In the meantime, we strongly recommend you work on your U.S. expatriation preparation. The process doesn’t have a time limit, and it can take several weeks for you to get the perfect resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile that can land you job interviews once jobs reopen. This will save you some time once everything goes back to normal!