Job Search Guide for International Students

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Resources for International Students

While Udacity cannot help you with the legalities of getting a job in the United States (or any other country where you would need work authorization), here are some links that you might find helpful as an international student.

Work Visas

If you are hoping to work in the United States, but are not a U.S. citizen or resident of that country, you are required to obtain work authorization, such as a work visa. Below, we’ve included an outline of external resources to help guide you through the visa process.

All Law

Find information about the process to work in the United States as a non-US citizen. It explains the various types of visas and the circumstances required for each.

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Engineer's Guide to US Visas

A blog post that explores the topic of US visas from the engineer’s perspective.

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How to Get a Work Visa Now

An outline of the 5 things you need to know to get a work visa.

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Information of H1-B Applicants

Explains the process and has job postings for H-1B applicants.

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In addition to understanding the legal process of working in the United States, it is helpful to approach this competitive job market strategically. Below, we provide resources and strategies.

Cultivate Provable Tech Skills

First and foremost, to get a job you must have concrete, in-demand technical skills. Focus on building these inside and outside of Udacity. Be sure to display these your job application materials like your resume and LinkedIn!

Can my computer programming skills get me and H-1B visa?

This article is a must-read if you are interested in getting an H-1B visa.

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Going Global

A helpful online resource for international students looking to expand their career options.

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Target Specific Companies

Depending on their size, scale, and budgets companies will have different capacities to provide H-1B visas.

The Companies Hiring The Most Tech Talent Right Now

Larger companies are more likely to be able to hire foreign employees. If you are interested in smaller and mid-sized organizations, think about how you can frame the added value your international perspective might bring.

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Non-Native Engish Speakers - Ace Your Interviews and Get an Offer

Before you can apply for a work visa, you need to apply to jobs, ace an interview, and get an employment offer from an organization interested in sponsoring you.

Speak Confident English

This resource explores 10 questions you need to know in English. The article lists popular questions and explains how to use them. If English is your second language, this can give you an edge in your behavioral and technical interviews!

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Build Experience

While you are looking for jobs that make you eligible for H-1B visa, consider opportunities outside of the US and freelance positions.

Working within your home country or other countries with more relaxed Visa processes will enhance your professional toolbox and can make you a more desirable candidate in the future.


Even if you're unable to get work authorization in another country, you can usually be a freelancer and complete contract opportunities.

What Freelancers Living Abroad Need to Know About Taxes

This resource covers tax and legal issues you should know when working abroad.

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