• February 2020
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What is the appropriate time to ask your company to sponsor your green card? Can you ask some senior person from the company to file for your green card right in the first year if you’re on H1B? Will you come off as obnoxious if you do that?

I agree with the other answers that there probably isn’t a single “right” approach to this question, but I think it’s fair to bring it up to an employer if your ultimate goal is getting a green card.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Consider the company’s approach to immigration and green cards. Have they sponsored green cards in the past? Many companies have established themselves as green-card friendly and knowing that even before you apply can go a long way toward your own peace of mind.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask. This is your future. You don’t have to approach it with a “give me a green card or else!”, but you can simply ask what the company’s goals are for the future of the position and if they see it ever becoming a full-time option for the right candidate.
  • Outline your goals. If you really can’t bring yourself to be direct, another approach is to explain your own goals within the company (employers almost always ask this question). That could be a great time to bring up the fact that you would like to have a permanent position with the company in the future. They will either appreciate the ambition, or let you know that isn’t what they are looking for.
  • Don’t get discouraged if the answer is no. Some companies aren’t interested in sponsoring a green card. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t great, it just means that they have a different goal in mind. For every company that won’t do it, there is another one who will. Keep searching until you find the perfect fit!

If you’d like to talk about this a bit more, get in touch with LawTrades. We can connect you to a solid immigration attorney who can help you better understand the process and offer a bit more information on the topic. Check out our website and get in touch if we can help! Good luck.