Foreign National Work
Foreign nationals can work in Alaska as long as they obtain proper
authority to work legally. You will need to obtain a United States
Work Visa before you can work in Alaska. Due
to the complexities of applying for and managing H type visas,
many Alaska employers do not hire foreign nationals under this
program. However, we have been seeing an increase in the number
of employers that are hiring foreign nationals working with J-1
IMPORTANT - You will need to apply for a work
visa through a sponsoring agency (see
go through the process of obtaining your work visa before you
apply to employers on AlaskaJobFinder.
Please note, we are not experts at work visa issues and do not
offer any support or assistance in this area. However, with the
assistance of Alliance
Abroad Group, we have put together the
following information about obtaining work visas.
Overview of Work Visa Options:
Unless you are married to an American,
have a green card, or are applying for political asylum, more
than likely, you would
need an employment-based temporary visa to work in the U.S.A.
Click here for our Frequently
Asked Questions Section (FAQ).
If you are a bonafide university student, and your country has
diplomatic relations with the U.S., you may be eligible for sponsorship
by qualified licensed exchange programs. These sponsors could
bring you to the U.S. on a J-1 exchange visitor visa to participate
in an exchange program called "Summer Work/Travel Program".
You must be 18 years old to participate and the maximum time
you can work is 4 months.
Several visa sponsors will give students a discount for finding
their own job. Click here, for visa sponsors for J visas. Please
help by mentioning Alaskajobfinder.com in your email to the
sponsor you select.
If you want to stay more than 4 months, an H visa may be appropriate
If you are not a university student, and your country has diplomatic
relations with the U.S., you may be eligible to qualify for
the H visa (temporary work). H-2 visa is used for seasonal
workers in short supply in the U.S. H-2A visa is used for seasonal
agricultural workers, while H-2B is non-agricultural. The H-2
jobs are usually for unskilled labor work (or manual labor)
and last from 4 to 10 months. You may not change jobs on the
H visa. Alaskajobfinder.com has packing jobs in fisheries which
would be H-2B jobs; we also have fish processing, a H-2A visa
job. Picking cabbage in the Matanuska Valley would be a H-2A
job. But your sponsoring organization would decide on the proper
visa to fit the job. Click here, for a list of visa sponsors
for H visas. More detailed information on the H visa is available
website of the Consulate of the U.S. Embassy in your home country.
Visit www.embassyworld.com for
the appropriate URL.
Overview of Eligibility
H-2B Visa Profile
J-1 Work and Travel Visa Profile
|Any individual who meets job requirements and has favorable
work references and good level of English. Preferred Age:
18-40. Must have current passport.
||Must be an active student in the university and good level
of English. Must have current passport.
|Employees on this visa are only permitted to work the job
description that was petitioned by the host company. The
employee is not authorized to work in any other capacity,
including anything outside of the host company.
||An employee on a J-1 visa is permitted to work multiple
jobs with permission from the local coordinator.
|Applicants will have to choose from the designated positions
that have been petitioned. A list of jobs for H-2B applicants
will be provided to the overseas partner.
||J-1 applicants may apply for any existing
and open position.
|Visa is valid according to dates of job. * The visa holder
is authorized to travel for a 10-day period both before and
following the period of validity on the labor certification.
||The J-1 Visa is valid for a four month work period and
29 days for travel only during their holiday break from the
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Section (FAQ) (FOR EMPLOYERS)
Visa Sponsors, Visa Program
Managers and other valuable visa related resources:
International Educational Exchange
on International Educational Exchange
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Work Abroad Program (For Canadian Citizens)