Originally Posted by rapier7
H-1B visas are expensive to file for and expensive to go through compliance. Most companies are looking at 10k+ in total costs. Employers who sponsor H1Bs reserve those for highly technical and specialized roles. You're not going to hire an HR generalist on an H1B.
L visas are also company specific. It has to specifically fit the needs of that company. And a company won't be willing to transfer one of its employees overseas to stateside and keep them here unless there is a compelling business case to do so. Most companies that file for L-1 and H-1B visas are huge multinational firms that can afford to do so.
As a huge multinational firm (Global Fortune 500) we do sponsor a lot of individuals for H-1B visas. But 99% of them are engineers who have skillsets that we cannot easily hire locally due to a talent supply shortage.
However, the cost is anywhere between $10,000 - $15,000. And we have a dedicated law firm handling all our US cases.
Unless you've got something that cannot be easily had you're not getting sponsored.
Edit: on a related note... there are only a certain number of H-1 visas issued each year and the quota for candidates is almost met already.
Last edited by casino is no lie; 02-26-2013 at 10:45 AM.