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9 Reasons Why It’s Really Hard to Find a Job on H4 EAD

Raghuram Sukumar H4 Visa 46 Comments

H4 EAD Rule came into effect in May 2015 and spouses on H4 EAD realize that finding a full-time job is a lot harder than they thought. In general, finding a full-time job is a challenging and frustrating process. With H4 EAD, you have several factors working against you, and you have to overcome those factors to find a job.

Not Finding a Job on H4 EAD?

Summary of the Video:

I met Nirmala while Madhu, Rishi and I were going for our evening walk. She stopped by to ask if I was β€œRaghu from Happy Schools.” She had attended on of my H4 EAD Webinars, and she recognized me from that, and she happens to live half a mile from our home. Sweet Deal right?

After I had spoken to her, I thought why not do a blog post on difficulties of finding a full-time job as an H4 Visa holder.

9 Reasons for Not Landing a Job

  1. Career Gap
  2. Skills Set
  3. Competition
  4. Job Search Mindset
  5. Job Search Skills
  6. Resume
  7. Online Branding
  8. Networking
  9. Lack of a Plan

Solution:

  1. Have a job search plan
  2. Fix your Resume
  3. Fix your Career Gap
  4. Take Job Search Seriously
  5. Improve your Job Search Skills

Resources:

I’m looking for H4 EAD holders to share their job search experience (blog, podcast or video). Do you like to share yours?

Comments

  1. Hello,

    I came to USA in 2014 october and I have 3.5 years of experience in software development with almost 4 years gap.Now i recently received my EAD and I updated my profile in dice,indeed and linkedin.No one is shortlisting my resume because of career gap.I am not ready to show any fake experience in my resume.What should I do?Your help will be highly appreciated.

  2. HI Everyone,

    I got my EAD in October , i did my bachelors in electronics 2102 from india ,i have no job experience . i am trying for a software tester job since three months i have got few calls but everyone had a problem with my visa status , So i don’t want to waste my time simply sitting at home meanwhile i would like to do any part job like at stores,schools,hotels as receptionist, I have no great idea about part jobs . could some one suggest me what kind of a jobs i can do with my H4EAD?

  3. Hi
    I recently got my ead . I have a btech in electronics from India but no job experience. Now i have a career gap of almost 5 years. Is there any chance of me getting a job?

  4. Hello,
    Came to the US on F1 for my masters, graduated last year but my college f**ked my i20 and so it went for a reinstatement but by the time there was a judgement on my i20 my OPT grace period already had come to an end. But luckily I was married by then and was fortunate enough to change my status to H4 .. But then now that I check for H4 EAD jobs it is even more challenging and tuff πŸ™ .. Could you please suggest how to deal with this. I mean suggest how and what should be my approach in finding a job.

    Thanks

  5. I got a job within 5 months of getting my EAD. I had a gap of almost three years and was searching in a field where there aren’t too many openings in my small town. So I guess, in some ways I got lucky.

    But there are a few things that helped:

    1) I started being active on Linkedin some 7-8 months before I knew I would (or there is a good chance I will) get my EAD. This actually helps a lot. I mean, I don’t know how it works, but recruiters seem to know and get in touch through Linkedin with only those who get actively update. Sure, a lot of them might be the bulk automated mails for them to reach their monthly targets and might not result in anything, but still it is a confidence-booster.

    2) Doing my Masters was never an option for me as the financial costs would hinder a lot of other responsibilities my hubby and I already have. However, certifications were affordable. So I did a few. None of them were from an amazing college or a “recognized” affiliate. But, hey, it is still legit. And something for me to show in my resume and account for the gap years.

    2) I managed to keep learning something new during my gap and made online portfolios to showcase everything. And also documented all my certifications in them. I sent the links to the portfolios to the recruiters along with my cover letter and resume. (Use anything, Github, Behance, WordPress … whatever suits you. Put in screenshots, label them, document outputs etc. Thoroughly keep updating and don’t worry about putting in some groundbreaking work. It is more about being active, and putting in some decent amount of work and showcase that you have X,Y,Z skills.. )

  6. There are many H4 EAD people faking their resumes and entering in IT field. When H1B’s are going through background verification , references, H4 EAd is the clear way to enter IT jobs with fake experiences and educational back ground. H4 EAD’s who have done non IT related courses are now enjoying well in IT jobs. It really pains to see this a genuine experienced person. I was reading some H4 EAD blogs and surprised to see they saying they wanted to work here and pay tax. How many of them are genuine actually? Just spoiling the image of genuine candidates too

    1. Author

      When H4 EAD rule published, I wrote about H4 EAD’s who would fake resumes to get that job. It’s bad and not acceptable. But, people assumed EAD = 100% Job Guarantee. They are finding out that it’s not easy to find the job and there’s desi consultancies who are ready to get EAD folks over H1B. Employers should get smart about background checks.

  7. Hi I know one of my friend who has three years of gap in her career.She got her EAD 2015 now she is working in Wells Frago bank as a business system consultant.In her CV she mentioned few fake experiences. It think those are getting jobs they are trying to fill the gap by using fake experiences.I think because of them those are real person they are not getting jobs in usa.

    1. Author

      Fake resumes are BIG problems and companies are not finding those fake experiences through background checks.

  8. I recently came to US on H1-B and i left my family back in India. I have a daughter who is 2 years and 8 months old. She is terribly missing me and I too. My husband works as a Senior Engineer in one of the leading Automobile (Car manufacturer) in India. I wish i could reconcile with my family soon in USA, but my husband’s employer is neither allowing him to take sabbatical leave nor relocation to US (yes, they have their manufacturing plant here in US). We are desperately looking for ways, so that he gets employed in US. Getting a H1-B for a non-IT job is quite difficult. So my last hope is H4 EAD. He got his H4 visa last week. And he has completed MBA and has a total experience of 9+ years in automobile industry. Will it be possible for him to find a job here in US with H4 EAD? What is the probability? Please advise.

    1. Author

      He should probably try for job in Automobile industry after he gets H4 EAD.

  9. Hi all…i came to US in sept 2015 and received EAD by Feb 2016. But unfortunately i am still jobless. I did some certification course so as to get US experience and increase my chances of getting the job. Approached a consulting company to help me in reaching out the opportunities, but nothing working out. (The reason i am being told is h4 market is very less and in that too they are seeking very experienced people)πŸ˜” I am an engineer and MBA holder with 2 years of experience back in India. Its so disheartening to see yourself stuck in the career path. I am clueless now. Any leads or suggestions would be appreciated. TIA!!

    1. Author

      Chitra, sorry to hear that you are struggling to find a job and as you can see the nature of the job search in the USA is so tough. Not everyone with H4 EAD find jobs easily. Certification courses may help if you had recent work experience in India. But, get a degree by attending college to land a job.

  10. Mr Sukumar,

    It’s good to see you your wife. There are many Indian women who are mentally, emotionally abused by their husbands in America because they are jobless. Indian entrepreneurs in US should step up and give a second break to these women. I recently got my EAD, I have been verbally, mentally, emotionally shamed at every opportunity by my husband and he instigate his family to do the same. There’s a skill gap now. First, I was abused why I could not get h1b sponsor on my own without help from my husband, then after getting EAD, people are pointing fingers at me why I could not get developer job. There’s 5 years gap, technology I used are almost outdated. My in laws don’t know anything about type of visa,l1,l2, or EAD. Sad, they are asking why my husband cousin’s wife got a job in america and I couldn’t. She came here on h1b. So no gap. It’s sad. I wish I could just turn back the clock and never left my job.

    1. Author

      Sorry to hear your story. Keep fighting. Stay Strong and seek help. Are you talking to anyone about the abuses?

    2. Kanitha, I totally understand what you are going thru.
      Don’t feel alone and left out. My situation is your replica. I am exactly going thru what you have been experiencing. I second every word what you mentioned. Ditto!
      ‘Hope’ is the only soul that supports me and keeps me going thru this horrendous time in life of job hunt. I just hope someday somewhere i land on a job- big or small- doesn’t matter.Good Luck to you.

  11. Hi Raghu,

    I live in USA for last 6 years I have received my EAD, and want to start working. I am an MBA with hr recruiter work experience of 1 years in India.

    Can you help me suggest the best job option for me. how to find job as a fresher .

  12. It is really Sad that we come to this country called as Land of opportunity , but get stuck ourselves. I have worked in India for 7+ years , moved here 6 years before . Meanwhile I took up M.B.A (IT) ubt unfortunately could not complete it due to personal issues . But then I took some trainings in my field to update my knowledge, I do lot of freelancing jobs but still the luck has not smiled πŸ™
    Sometimes I really feel disheartened and dont know what I am doing wrong in my Job search

    1. Hi Shraddha,

      I am also on EAd. Can you suggest me legit freelancing job sites where i can find jobs.?

  13. hi
    i am on h4 ead. is it easy to get job on h4 ead in software having 2 years experience in indie from MNC?
    how to proceed further?

  14. Hi I came to Us in 2010. I’m from pharma field and got 1 year experience before my marriage in 2010.i did some course after I got my EAD un 2015 and tried searching for consultancies but they’re not interested in marketing for me because of my field and status too. I’m not interested in doing masters as I have to move from place to place because of my hubby’s job n also children.can u suggest me better way to get into job?

  15. Hi
    I too got my EAD on November 2016 and am actively looking for job. I completed my masters and have got a two year experience as Hardware engineer in India and i resigned my job on August 2016 and came to Bay Area.Till now I havent received a sigle positive response from any of the companies or contract. Still in dilemma about the future

  16. Hello My name is Madhu, and I started my career in Admin departments. Resigned my job due marriage.I have 2 kids. I started pursuing MCA after kids were born aiming for a career.By then my husband was in US,so joined him after finishing it..I initially was getting used to the country and driving etc.I got my EAD 2years ago.
    Now I look back then I have 8 -9 years of gap in career and dunno how to crack this and get a job.Its becoming hard to find a job in IT after a long gap.

  17. I have done my aeronautical engineering.I have been working with *** company for 3.6 years. How do i start my job search.I have excellent skills in CAD.

  18. I have done my aeronautical engineering.I have been workng with *** company for 3.6 years. How do i start my job search.I have excellent skills in CAD.

  19. I have experience in India for 3 years and I came to Virginia, USA in 2013 on H4 Visa. Due to Visa status, i didnt work here.

    Once got H4 EAD in Aug 2015, i got an opportunity to work as QA (contractor) for 3 months and my bad luck started, my client had cancelled project signed with my vendor company. So it affected my job with them. After couple of months of tough search, finally i got an opportunity to work again. This time, it was full-time position. I was really very happy that i got some stable position atleast i can work for another few years. Again, my bad luck started showing up and my company did a lay off, this affected my position too πŸ™

    Now , I am searching for a new job for nearly 3 months and there is no luck in and around Virginia. I would get calls from some companies/vendors and they would enquire about my immigration status. Once i said it is H4-EAD, they would say for this position we are looking for a candidate with Green card EAD or Green Card or Citizens. This made me became really very upset.

    When company can offer a job for GC-EAD, why not H4 EAD? I am really very depressed because ppl who were laid off with me, are all started working because everybody else are GCs or Citizens.

    I am have job offers to work in other states( SO, I AM NOT DEFINITELY INCAPABLE TO WORK) but not even a single lead/opportunities to atleast attend an interview in Virginia, D.C and MD.

    We are not in a situation to move out of this state because of my husband’s job and i have a kid too. Really very much stressed and not sure what to do next πŸ™

    1. Hi Sushmita,
      Did your problem resolve?
      I think i am in same boat as yours πŸ™

  20. Hi
    I am shraddha, i got h4 ead . I have MCA degree but no IT experience i want to get entry in it job. I did some courses too but not getting any call due to long gap. Now i am not finding any solution what should i do.

  21. Hi
    Thank you everyone for your valuable inputs on H4 EAD pros and cons.
    I am on H4 visa and my husband’s I 140 firm is under processing. I am volunteering for several non-profit organizations virtually (from home) and developing my skills matching with my previous educational experience.
    My question is will volunteering be considered for if in future (after I get my H4 EAD) I start with job search.
    I would appreciate your answers.

    Thanks and best wishes to all

  22. Hi,
    I was searching for some posts of people trying to find a job on a EAD and I am suprised that others have the same problem that I have. But I think it isn’t the reason you have a gap in your career.
    I would like to share my experience. I moved to the States in May 2016 to live here with my husband and we applied for a Green Card. I received my EAD in September. I uploaded my resume on some web sites and I already got some job offers. But everytime it comes to the question of being a permanent resident or a citizen they tell me “Let us know when you get your Green Card” or “we will call you next month again. Maybe you can get your Green Card until then”. (I am a chemist with more than 12 years of experience) So it seems like the employers want people where it is 100% approved that the new employee can stay in the States. Feels like the EAD is absolutely unnecessary. I can’t find a job with the “EAD” at all so I have to wait getting a permanent resident. That’s so sad because I really wanna work.
    To all: just keep positive! πŸ™‚

  23. Hi,

    I came to USA in June 2015 after marriage on H4 . I am an MBA Finance and I have five years of experience in public sector bank as a assistant Manager.My husband just got I-140 approved on 28 sep 2016 ,now I am eligible to apply for H4 EAD. It would be great if you give your suggestions on that-
    we are going to India for vacation in mid November and I am going to live in India till Jan 2017. as its been almost two years gap in my career so I don’t want to delay the EAD process another 5 months.

    1. Should i apply H4 EAD right now after that i can travel India ?
    2. Will it effect the H4 EAD process as i will be in India?

    Meanwhile I have no idea about US banks. Do they hire H4 EAD candidate for full time jobs ?
    another question As i will have to wait for EAD approval
    What should I do to prepare my self for job during that period ?

    thanks

  24. Hi
    I am on H4 EAD since 2015 DEC but no luck finding job. I did BE civil and ME Environmental engg 2006. I worked for and year and came to USA in 2008 with my husband and raised 2 children. we were always in tension for his visa extension and project durations so i couldn’t fix my mind on doing something solely for my own career. Last year I got hope that EAD will be making my career identity success by eligible to get job.now as you mentioned career gap and no experience in usa and not studied from usa colleges and also not having permanent employment authority status results into failure that is no job achieved .Agencies and Recruiters like my resume and communication skill and put my on elgible candidate but there is never a second call for interview. I am trying to study but believe me its not easy as you have to produce number of documents as we are considered international student and our fees are more higher and no federal scholarships. Sorry I may sound very negative but I am facing this all and need to vent so I did. Like me there will be so many women will be there who need to be heard.Not giving hope and striving is what one can do..so all the best to all of us.

    1. Author

      Hello Nidhi – That’s the primary reason I wrote this blog post. It’s not easy to find a job. My wife is the best example.

      She had a break in her career for about 7 years (after our marriage). We spent $30,000 on her Masters Degree (1 year degree) and guess what? Her professor hired her as an intern right after the Masters graduation, then she used that to find a full-time job. She’s working as a Business Analyst for over a year now. I know several H4 spouses with EAD who are struggling to find a job.

      I know that it’s expensive to study. But, that’s the price you have to pay to have a career here in the U.S. You can read her master’s degree journey here on the blog (search for MGIM).

      1. hi raghu

        i did my b tech and had 2 years it experience. is it good to go or masters degree for Business Analyst?
        could you lease explain me how to get into it? I recently came to us

  25. Hi,
    What are the scope for Finance to get H4 EAD?
    I’ve 2years experience in Finance and CMA pursuing final.
    Either job opportunities or Education would be of any help?

    1. Author

      Prita, you are asking the wrong question. H4 EAD and Finance are not related. EAD gives you work authorization. That’s it. You use that to work/find a job. If you can find a job in the field of Finance depends on your efforts alone.

  26. I came to US in July 2014 with 2 years experience as Software Analyst, prepared for interviews day in and day out, hoping to get a job, i was even prepared to take up entry level jobs but none were willing to file H1B, mostly consultancy companies. With depleting confidence i was not able to clear good company interviews. Started applying for colleges and got admission in a reputed one.

    A lot of questions were killing me, Should i join college? should i search harder for the job ( because EAD put me in a better spot ) ? Should i make my spouse spend money for education , is it right ? or should i ask my parents to pay tuition ? may be I should get a job and pay for my own education ? should i spend another 2 years on masters ? I made a mistake many people who got EAD in August 2015 did, I decided to look for job and let go of admission to master’s course .

    After succeeding in maintaining ‘unemployed’ status for 6 months, i got my s*@t together and decided to join the same college which offered me admission again in spring quarter. Am no longer depressed, i am confident, inspired, making lots of contacts , keeping up with the technologies , hopeful and happy self . I learnt that i do better when i have peer competition , it pushed me to go extra mile and earned an internship, which wouldn’t have been possible if i stayed at home.

    I strongly suggest anybody who has choice and opportunity to go to college, please do so . It opens door to huge opportunities. I know it comes at a price but think this way , you can earn that money back or pay the debts within 1 year, you can even get RA positions under professors if you work hard and get them to pay your fees, its a win win situation(mostly referring to students in Tech as i do not have idea about other fields) .

    1. that was some inspiring Read. My wife is also looking out for jobs. We also have the education route open. Can you share your college experience and what course you ended up studying.

  27. I am here in US on H4 from last six years. I am Ph.D in chemistry and have an experience in synthetic chemistry for a year. I left the job and came here. I got my EAD last year. I am searching job but because of gap, I am unable to find anything.

    1. Author

      Sarita – I’m seeing several H4 with EAD struggling to find the job for the same reason. People should plan to get some experience to overcome the “career gap”.

  28. Hello,
    I am an MBA and BE with no experience. I am on H4 Visa and expecting my EAD soon.I have started to do a few courses and certifications online in IT.I want to know how exactly should i prepare to land myself a job as fresher ?What sources can be helpful in networking and what problem areas should i be working at?

    Thank you so much.

    1. Author

      Malavika,

      I have a training course and guide that will help you find job as a fresher πŸ™‚ Look for Free Courses link.

  29. I am on H4, I left my job in came here. Unfortunately my H1 petition got rejected after coming here.
    Q1. Can I get EAD.( My wife H1 Cap til 2019 )
    Q2. On H4 what kind of job I can.

    1. Author

      1. start learning about how to get H4 EAD
      2. Then jobs and where and how to get one.

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