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What are the biggest barriers to getting a job as an immigrant?

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Visa

Certainly, your immigration status is going to be one of the biggest barriers to obtaining employment. You may not be able to work in certain jobs until you have the correct status. In some cases, you may also need specific paperwork, such as an employment visa. 

Exactly how this process moves forward depends on the type of immigration you’re using. There is a large difference between seeking asylum and coming to the United States on a work visa, for example.

But assuming that you can get the right immigration status and get all of your paperwork in order, are there any other barriers you’re going to face? Will it be difficult to find employment in the US?

Learning English

By far and away, one of the most important things you can do is to increase your English language proficiency. Without a firm grasp of English, you will simply not be able to do many different jobs. Additionally, English skills can impact how well you interview. A lack of language skills could keep you from getting a job that you are technically qualified for just because the interview doesn’t go well.

Obtaining the right degree

Another potential issue is if the job that you want requires a specific degree, which you don’t have. Even immigrants who received an extensive education in their home country may find that the degrees are not perfectly transferable to the United States. This could mean that they no longer meet the qualifications for a job that they believe they can do.

It’s important to be aware of these hurdles so that you can plan for them in advance and learn all about the legal steps you can take to make immigration go smoothly.