How Can You Immigrate to the U.S. for a Job in HR?

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Many readers write to me asking about how to move to the United States to work in a job in Human Resources. I have no special expertise in this area. Even more unfortunately, I do not have contacts, special resources, nor do I know of quick and easy ways to immigrate to the United States.

You can learn more from this site about jobs in Human Resources and careers in Human Resources. Here is how you can explore immigration for jobs and careers in HR:

Learn about immigration opportunities in general. To remain permanently in the United States, you will need an immigrant visa. To obtain immigration visas, applicants petition the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to ask for permission to apply for an immigrant visa.

These are more readily available for people who are immediately related to a family member living in the US.

Family-sponsored and employer-sponsored immigrant visas are also available for foreigners wishing to become US residents. Many people interested in jobs in HR are well educated. This is an advantage when applicants pursue an immigration visa.

HR is not a field, however, in which the US lacks interested citizens, nor is it a scientific or technical skill field requiring many years of study and commitment.

So, I imagine that employer-sponsored green cards are rare and difficult to obtain. In most regions of the US, jobs in HR management have many candidates.

The Department of Labor requires, according to Jennifer McFadyen, that, "The DOL must determine that there are no qualified U.S. workers 'able, willing, qualified and available to accept the job at the prevailing wage for that occupation in the area of intended employment and that employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.'"

Otherwise, an immigrant enters the US and begins learning about a job search, hopefully following up on leads obtained prior to entering the US, too.

But, never give up on pursuing your dreams. Persistence has been known to open doors when all seemed closed for entry.


Susan Heathfield makes every effort to offer accurate, common-sense, ethical Human Resources management, employer, and workplace advice both on this website, and linked to from this website, but she is not an attorney, and the content on the site, while authoritative, is not guaranteed for accuracy and legality, and is not to be construed as legal advice.

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