Immigration Bridge

Get help navigating the international hiring process

If you have a solid job opportunity in the United States, but your prospective employer is hesitant about the H-1B visa process, the IU Immigration Bridge® program can help you get an offer—even with companies that don’t typically sponsor students with U.S. work authorization needs.

IU Immigration Bridge is a proactive partnership between your career center, OIS, and a top immigration law firm—Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP—to assist students with H-1B visa needs by streamlining the visa process for potential employers.

While the IU Immigration Bridge program does not guarantee a visa sponsorship, an H-1B visa, or employment, it does improve the likelihood of recruitment both on and off campus for students with U.S. work authorization needs.

It’s important to plan ahead. The visa process can take several months, with no guarantee of securing an H-1B visa. Employers will cover the full cost of the H-1B visa process.

How it works

If you are a student and need U.S. work authorization during the offer phase with an employer, you should start the Immigration Bridge program application. Here is how the process works:

  1. Inform recruiting companies about the program before filling out the e-form to gauge their interest in participating.
  2. Once you have discussed the program with recruiters, fill out a brief e-form on Atlas. (This authorizes Fragomen to initiate legal consultation with your prospective employer.)
  3. After you fill out the e-form, we will contact the recruiting company for permission to have Fragomen begin the discovery process with the company.
  4. Fragomen will contact you and your recruiting company with a questionnaire.

About Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernson & Loewy LLP

Fragomen is the leading provider of end-to-end corporate immigration services and solutions worldwide. The firm has been practicing global immigration and nationality law exclusively since 1951. Fragomen has a team of legal professionals based out of their Chicago office dedicated to handling immigration matters for firms recruiting IU students.