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How to Find a Sponsor for Working in America 2012 - 2022

Updated on November 14, 2012

Working in the USA

© text, Patty Inglish; 2010, 2012

Every year, the USA and Canada each publishes a list of birth countries from which people are not permitted to immigrate to America or Canada. This is a matter of numbers and and attempt to balance the American population with more or less equal emigres from all nations. If your country is on the list for 2010, you cannot work permanently in the USA under a Green Card.

You may look for these lists at official American and Canadian immigration web pages or go to H1Base at http://www.h1base.com/. Be aware that H1Base charges fees for their help.

If you already have an employer in mind to work with you as your sponsor, you should work with that employer and US Immigration. If not, H1Base will search for employers for you for a fee - and they may night find one. This is risky and you may lose a large sum of money without receiving any results.

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One interesting change for 2010 is that persons that have HIV or AIDS may now immigrate into America, whereas previously, they could not. US Immigration Law and regulations will be undergoing additional changes in 2011.

2010 - 2012 Restrictions Lists

Yearly, 50,000 International people receive Green Cards in America through a lottery. It is best to sign up in January of the year, because all fo the slots are usually gone by April.

If you were born in any of these countries, you are not eligible to relieve a Green Card in 2012:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Mainland China,Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti,India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippine, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.

  • Russia is allowed in 2012.
  • Poland is allowed in 2012.
  • Birth in the Gaza Strip qualifies as Egypt and is allowed.
  • Birth Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan is allowed
  • Some cases allowed if birth of parents or spouse qualifies.

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  • Applicants must also either have a US High School Diploma or equivalent-level document or be employed in one of these jobs: Eligible Work Experience.

COMPARISON

If you were born in any of these countries, you are not permitted to receive a Green Card in 2010:

Brazil, Canada, China (mainland),Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (not Northern Ireland).

If you were born in any of these countries, you are not permitted to receive a Green Card in 2011:

Brazil, Canada, China (mainland), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, United Kingdom (not Northern Ireland), Vietnam (added for 2011).

Note: people born in Hong Kong, SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible in 2011.

Finding A Sponsor for Temporary or Permanent Employment

If you were born in a country that makes you eligible for immigration to America on a Green Card (permanent residency), you can find US employer sponsors through actions you can take in your own country of residence. This is also true for temporary work Visas.The best alternative might be to work with our college or university guidance office or internship programs to make connections.

Another alternative is to visit US companies that interest you and that have facilities in your own country. You might be able to secure a job in your home country with a US company and be transferred to the USA. Related to this, a non-US company may be able to send you to America to work for them as well.

The employer must successfully complete a petition process to have you authorized to come into the USA to work. It is time consuming and available for your review: Employer Petitioning. There is also a different petitioning process for employers of temporary workers that will not receive Green Cards.

In short, in order to find a sponsoring employer for working in America (or Canada), speak with 1) your university or college or 2) your employer.

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    • Tammy Lochmann profile image

      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Great Information...Immigration is a very complicated frustrating undertaking. Most information is confusing kinda like google adsense LOL

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      I wonder if we can combine the two? lol

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      An interesting read. Thank you.

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      lovelife999 7 years ago

      very informative and well written.

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      A great Hub. And it was very complete, too. You did your homework well. Thanks for the information. Don White

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      LOL I shudder to think.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Being a one-time Lao refugee, this hub certainly resonates with my own personal experience and my family's experience. We were very fortunate as we were given seven families of sponsors! Safe to say, they were all supportive and always willing to be of help. My first novel recalls the experience and I hope to publish by this year with the help of a literary agent.

      Thanks so much for sharing this, Patty! I'm certainly one of the lucky ones to have found sponsorship!

      Happy New Year

      Dohn

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks so much for all the responses. January is certainly the time to target a move to another country, especially Canada or USA.

      dohn121 - We're happy you found so much sponsorship. it sounds like quite a lot. Your first novel should be a good one to read, so let us know when it's published.

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      Mauricio Rodriguez 7 years ago from Bogota DC, Colombia

      Haven't realized that being born in Colombia would get me out from this opportunity.

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      Andrew Grosjean 7 years ago from Detroit

      Immigration is an interesting topic. I had the opportunity to represent a client in an asylum hearing for immigration. It was an amazing experience.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      motricio - hopefully Colombia will come off the list in the future.

      PastorAndrew - I bet was very intersting. I had an ESOL student that tried for US Citizenship for over 10 years and was misdirected by some red tape several times.

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      Wow.. what a special hub! I want to spend some time in NYC and I think the time length will be beyond the three month criteria. It looks like from your hub that I will not be able to get a green card. I live in the UK. The hub has highlighted my need to research more! Thanks x

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      bacville 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I do like to study further in the USA or Canada. Their governments offer a flexible time, especially when you want to master a graduate course. Many professionals in the Philippines migrate to either USA or Canada for a greener pasture and of course, additional learning. Thank you for this hub, Ms. Patty Inglish.

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      Jess moore 5 years ago

      And my familyI want to move to south Dakota/Minneapollis from the UK, but we need sponsorship ( don't we?) please if anyone has any helpful advice, especially how to search for job opportunity with sponsorship? Thank you so much!

      Jess Moore

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Jes, if you in UK, you need to find an employer in South Dakota or in Minneapolis to sponsor you for a temporary work visa.

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      The list of countries-of-birth for eligible Green Card Lottery has changed for 2012.

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      francis5k 4 years ago

      realistic Patty Inglish, MS! great article good job!

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      Elisha Nathanaely 3 years ago

      Am Saved.Born in Tanzania but live in Kenya.Talented in Music and can play Keyboard,Guitar(bass),and at the same time i can Record.please help me to preach the Gospel throgh Music.

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      Tafadhali 3 years ago

      Born in Democratic Republic of Congo , but living and educated (as refugee) in South Africa. Working as freelance film crew and volunteer in local NGOs.

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