9 Reasons Why It’s Really Hard to Find a Job on H4 EAD
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 “Raghu 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
- Career Gap
- Skills Set
- Job Search Mindset
- Job Search Skills
- Online Branding
- Lack of a Plan
- Have a job search plan
- Fix your Resume (not by fake experience)
- Fix your Career Gap (study in college)
- Take Job Search Seriously (yes, finding a job is a full-time job)
- Improve your Job Search Skills (if you haven’t studied in the US, and new to job search, it will be a challenge, it can take 4 to 6 months to find one)
- H4 EAD Rule To Be Revoked by USCIS
- Depressing Life of H4 Visa Spouses and H4 EAD Changed That
- 9 Reason Why Finding a Job on H4 EAD is Difficult
- Removing H4 EAD Rule Making Process
- How to Apply for H4 Employment Authorization
I’m looking for H4 EAD holders to share their job search experience (blog, podcast or video). Do you like to share yours?
I have done my M.com degree and was a teaching faculty in India for 3 years, after marriage because of kid I am unable to pursue my job. I don’t have EAD now but after some months I will get my EAD. My question is apart from the teaching field what type of course or job is suitable or good for my commerce field so that I can prepare myself from now onwards?
My personal exp:-
I came to US on h4 visa in 2015 with master computer degree and 7yrs IT exp. in India top companies. I knew it will take time for me to get ead approved( as my spouse i-140 was not approved yet )and search job. So i learned ios app development online and made 10 ios apps , uploaded on app store and 10-20 ios apps on git hub and profile on linkedin.com and twitter.com and lot of social media app promotions. All ios apps on my name. When i got my ead i applied more than 100 jobs for both ios development and testing. Got 100 of calls for job interview, gave 20 interviews with all biggies US and India. Got my offer letter within 2 months , since christmas holidays were going on. Joining office easily and till now whenever i give interviews i use my ios app development experience as a frelancer. So there is no gap on my resume. My first pkg offers ranged from min 80-90k easily with lead positions. I never had any issues in finding job or giving interviews .
I am Aastha, a qualified chartered accountant, SRCC graduate with 6+ years of experience in India in companies like EY, Yum Brands and Walmart. I plan to get married this year with a guy who is working in Seattle, US. He is on H1B with I140 approved. So I might get H4 with EAD. I wrote my GMAT and have a decent score, so I am writing my MBA applications also. So what should be the right approach.
Get H4 search for a job or go to a college and do an MBA?
Hi. i would be relocating to Columbus, Ohio in the next week. I would be coming as a dependent(h4). I currently work as a content writer in Mumbai, India. Can anyone suggest me as to what are the probabilities of getting an EAD .and how soon i can get a job. I dont want to waste time and above all, i really want to earn. Please suggest me. Thanx
Hey – Getting EAD depends on your spouse Green card process. If I-140 is approved, then you can get EAD. Else, you can check out the H4 Career Guide to learn about your career options on H4. What kind of content writing experience do you have?
Hi!I am planning to move to Portland in the next year.I would be coming as a dependent(h4)My spouse’s I-140 has been approved.what are the chances of me getting an EAD?
I am a Masters of Physiotherapy from India and i have 1 and a half year of work experience in India.
If your spouse has I-140, then you should get H4 EAD within 4 months after applying. In the meantime, figure out how to practice Physical Therapy.
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.
I am sure when the author is suggesting “Fix your resume” that is what he means… LIE!
Fix your Resume = Get someone who knows what they are doing to write one for you. This is what happens when everyone so entrenched in adding fake experience.
I am in the same ship, almost 7 years experience in IT industry, and and masters degree in IT , came in US 2014 ,only November 2018 got EAD,
looking for job almost 2 moth don’t even get an interview, applied 100 s of jobs , i have good job searching skills for sure, but some employer don’t like 4 year gap, and some others don’t consider H4 EAD, i am in an area which is a US city famous for IT job opportunities ,
still its hard to get a job, since stop job searching is definitely not an option for me, i am continuing my search and hope for the best ,
4 Years gap is not going to sit well in the interview. You need some form of experience or education.
This is an old message from you, but I am in the same situation now. No one considering my resume because of the gap and I am against fake experience. Could you tell me your experience? Were you able to find job with gap or did you change your mind about fake experience?I would love to hear from you.
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?
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?
Hi Sonali i am in the same boat as yours.Did you get a job?
Can you please tell me how/what process you have followed to get through!
Any info will be helpful.
Did you get the job? And which type of job?
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 🙁 .. Could you please suggest how to deal with this. I mean suggest how and what should be my approach in finding a job.
Check this – https://www.happyschools.com/job-search-strategies-f1-opt-h4-visa/
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.. )
Love your entrepreneurial approach to finding a job! Good luck with your new job!
Would love to see what more you have to share in your success story. What certifications and other courses you think added value to your profile?
Your approach was well planned..Well done.. I wanted to know about your background .I mean IT or Non IT. I am an experienced HR but now its 4 year gap now and still waiting for ead. How is the opportunity for HR..
I really love you experience , thanks for sharing it….
I would love to know the courses, can you please suggest me… It will be really helpful..
I am Roopa. I came to the US in the mid of 2019. And I had applied for MS and got admit with scholarship. Because of coronavirus I couldn’t go back to india for my F1 stamping and now with H4 I cannot afford to finance my studies. I thought about doing certification and when I get my EAD in another year and half, I will be able to search for jobs. Back in India I have 4 yrs of IT experience. I worked on .NET website development and SQL database. If I am planning to do some certification, will it be counted by the US recruiters here? Do you have any suggestions about where can I join for certification courses?
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
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.
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.
Fake resumes are BIG problems and companies are not finding those fake experiences through background checks.
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.
He should probably try for job in Automobile industry after he gets H4 EAD.
I am from the same automotive field and I have 6 years of experience. But life is hell here with H4 ead. No one prefers to give a job because of H4ead and related issues
I know exactly what you are talking about. If you have a gap in your career or work experience from India, and the gap of a few years in the USA, getting back to the job market is really tough. It’ not that they don’t want to give the job, as a job seeker, one must understand how the market works and how candidates are hired. H4 EAD and a new resume is just not good enough to land the job. You need recent and relevant experience.
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)? 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!!
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.
Well, I came to US couple of years ago, got my EAD this year, and got a job after searching for 5-6 months.
Joining college was something I never considered, because, based on our financial plans for the immediate future, it just didnt make a lot of sense, and moreover, my field is such that, a full college degree doesnt add much to it..
The hunt for a job is quite frustrating, the first one is especially nerve-wracking, because it feels like you are not getting shortlisted for jobs that you are actually qualified for, with a perfect match in requirements (and quite often, overqualified.)
My only suggestion is, if available in your field, to get as many industry-recognized certifications as possible during your “unemployed” time in US. (it is easier on your pockets than college tuitions, if you cannot afford the latter) And get active on linkedin, advertise on your profile that you are searching for X job in X,Y, or Z locations, THINK HARD about ALL the technical skills you have or you can acquire quickly through self-study. List them on Linkedin. And if you can, get certified in some of them (and all of them dont even have to be “recognized”, even the occasional “free online certifications” help) I have found all these actually help a lot, if not to get a job immediately, at least to get yourself considered seriously by recruiters scouting profiles. The calls start coming.
And, search for unpaid interships, search for remote jobs, freelance jobs – search vigorously. And if the wait gets really long and you want to start with something, consider customer rep or data entry jobs. The money helps, you get a foot into a corporate setup, you atleast get some work experience and it would give you some breathing space to think about the next step to take.
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.
Sorry to hear your story. Keep fighting. Stay Strong and seek help. Are you talking to anyone about the abuses?
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.
Same with me. Mental suffering, husband doesnt want to apply for ead. He saysstay at home n cook. He broght housemaid frm india. Shouldnt hav left job.
Wow sailing in the same boat story. I started being emotional after reading yours. I wish the same thing always. Why did I leave my job to come here and suffer here for comparisions and seeing others life and cars and lots of fancy stuff. You feel low and undemined when the only thing people ask is What do you do? I have no answer. What have done financially to your kids all these years ? Still no answer.
It’s tough being on H4 without EAD. Even folks with EAD, it’s not easy to find jobs if you had a long gap between jobs.
1. Got back to school – change to F1/OPT (it’s a long process and no guarantee that you will get F1 Visa).
2. Move to Canada
3. Cap Exempt Jobs (for IT).
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 .
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 🙁
Sometimes I really feel disheartened and dont know what I am doing wrong in my Job search
I am also on EAd. Can you suggest me legit freelancing job sites where i can find jobs.?
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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
Can a person with H4 EAD who has a Master’s degree in Software Development(Done in UK) take up any job in US or is it only related to IT field in this case?
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 🙁
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 🙁
Did your problem resolve?
I think i am in same boat as yours 🙁
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.
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
Hi nupur ,
How did u get volunteer job oportunity
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! 🙂
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 ?
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.
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).
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
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?
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.
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) .
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.
Hi. I am also on H4 and hoping to start college this September. However, I am confused whether to go ahead with college on H4 itself or change status to F1. Would be great to hear your point of view.?
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.
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”.
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.
I have a training course and guide that will help you find job as a fresher 🙂 Look for Free Courses link.
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. start learning about how to get H4 EAD
2. Then jobs and where and how to get one.