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Willingness to hire Canadian candidates?

By Dana Bensen ·
I am curious in hearing from IT managers and others in a hiring position about how willing they are to hire candidates from outside of the country. Do you actually consider foreign candidates or do you steer clear from them altogether as it's too much hassle?

I'm interested in US-based network engineering opportunities. I have Cisco's CCDA and CCNA certifications and am currently working on the 2nd of 4 exams to get my CCNP and CCDP. I also am a MCSE, MCP+I and Novell CNE. I have3 good solid years of networking experience.

What I hope to find out by posting this message is whether or not a person with my particular skill set would warrant enough interest from potential employers that they would sponsor a person such as I for a US-based position.

Any insights would be appreciated. Please tell me a little about yourself so I know what your perspective is.

Thanks to all

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Willingness to hire Canadian candidates?

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

As to your first question, I think it depends on the hiring organization and their immediate needs. Although I am not well versed on visa's, I know there is a substantial amount of paperwork involved as well as a large cost (I believe $10,000). Inaddition, the organization must show that they have made efforts to fill the position with a US citizen. (TechRepublic had an article within the past 4-6 months on HB-1 VISA's. There was a very informative, lengthy attachment to this which you would likely be interested in reading.)

My question is "Why do you want to work in the States and not at home?" It's obvious that Cisco skills are in great demand no matter where you live, so I would imagine that with your experience, certs, and desire there should be interest north of the border as well.

You may want to speak with folks at Cisco (or check their web site) to see where you may be able to pursue your goals with them or through Cisco partners. If you do some research, you may find that in fact some companies would be willing to sponsor someone like yourself. Good luck in you search.

My perspective: I have been in the IT field for several years, as a business analyst and project manager. Currently, I find myself searching for options and make an effort to stay reasonably informed on hiring trends, hot fields, etc.

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by wrachet In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

Thanks to the NAFTA and diversity in the work place issues. Many potential employers in the U.S. hire foreign candidates. My boyfriend works for Sprint and is a Canadian citizen. He started off as a consultant and was offered a job. Sprint has an attorney hired to take care of most of the transitioning paperwork for appplication for the TN visa and other employment visas. Your skills and certifications would definitely warrant an interest to many of the engineering firms here in the U.S. Cisco certification is also a very hot commodity here in the U.S. and I feel many employers would rather hire an individual who already has the certification than send their own people for it. The risks are too great. One of the things my boyfrienddid was work for a consulting company in Canada that frequently sent individuals to companies in the states. You would be under contract to the consulting firm, but it would give you a chance to test the waters of the U.S. market. It would also give the chance to show the U.S. companies your experience and skills. Any potential employer may be willing to buy out your contract and offer you employment. Hopefully this will help you in your search for employment in the states. Good luck!

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by wrachet In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

The fees must be paid in US dollars. Also getting a green card is not as easy as it may seem. See the US Immigration and Naturalization site for more info-- http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/index.htm -- I hope this helps you!

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by wrachet In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

I thought I would let you know that my boyfriend works in the U.S. on a TN visa. He majored in Latin and Greek so he doesn't have a degree in technology. It was his experience that helped him out. He can tell you more about the whole visa processthan I can. He has even helped the attorney prepare the paperwork for other Sprint employees trying to get visas approved. If you would like I can give him your email address or vice versa. He has a lot of knowledge in this area because he has been through the process several times and has helped others. Let me know if you're interested.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

I don't know if Wolfer is talking about Canadian taxes or US taxes. With the taxes, if you solely have income from a U.S. company and are living in the U.S. you don't have to pay any taxes to Revenue Canada. That is unless you are putting money into investments in Canada. My boyfriend has lived here 3 years in the U.S. and only had to report the Canadian taxes when he was still working for the Canadian consulting firm. He hasn't had to report his U.S. income to any Canadian Revenue agency. The only thing he has to report to them are his RSP accounts which are in Canada. Canadian citizens are not eligible for H1B visas. They are diversity visas for those outside of NAFTA. If you want, feel free to write to my boyfriend at Beerwulf80@hotmail.com --once again, good luck!

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by wrachet In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

I don't know if Wolfer is talking about Canadian taxes or US taxes. With the taxes, if you solely have income from a U.S. company and are living in the U.S. you don't have to pay any taxes to Revenue Canada. That is unless you are putting money into investments in Canada. My boyfriend has lived here 3 years in the U.S. and only had to report the Canadian taxes when he was still working for the Canadian consulting firm. He hasn't had to report his U.S. income to any Canadian Revenue agency. The only thing he has to report to them are his RSP accounts which are in Canada. Canadian citizens are not eligible for H1B visas. They are diversity visas for those outside of NAFTA. If you want, feel free to write to my boyfriend at Beerwulf80@hotmail.com --once again, good luck!--wrachet =)

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by wrachet In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

Not sure why the above posted twice...especially the first one being transient(I don't know who that is) but it is my comment! Tried to use the back button to see if it would undo the first one and it didn't. Didn't mean to cloud up the page with comments! Have a great day! wrachet =)

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by wrachet In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

Thought I would let you know on the latest. Although my boyfriend fully qualifies for the TN visa and has received it for the past couple of years, this year they wouldn't let him have it. The laws are changing. Immigration told him that he couldapply for the H1B visa. A process that could take up to three months, if not more. Working with a team of attorneys and immigration, he is currently finding out what the newest laws are and how he can get a visa to work in the US. In your case, if you have a relative sponsor you, that may be the best solution. A prospective employer may give you an added incentive if you already have a visa. Good luck...wrachet. =)

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by Dana Bensen In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

The question was auto-closed by TechRepublic

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by bradw In reply to Willingness to hire Canad ...

Hi Dana, I am a fellow Canadian in a similar situation. Although I have not as much experience as you, I have looked South for opportunities, and they are plenty. Thanks to the NAFTA treaty there is a 'permit' that allows you to go down and work for a year. I don't know how much it costs and exactly what is involved but three technical people close to me have moved down to the states. What has to happen is that you have to find a employer that will sign the paperwork for you and then you are in. Then every year you simply renew the permit and eventually get a green card. As for jobs, many cities will have online job fairs and almost all cites post thier classifieds section on the net. With your experience you should be getting a jobin no time.

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