How to deal with visa issues if you want to get a job in finance

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Question from a YouTube subscriber: “I’m interviewing for a really competitive job in Equity Research. If hired, I will require that they sponsor my visa. Will it make me less appealing as a job candidate if I tell them?” Ah, the visa issues rear their ugly heads again!

It may be hard to hear this.

You have to be brutally honest with them about needing visa sponsorship or H1-B sponsorship, etc., probably even before the first interview.

If a company isn’t really that keen on sponsoring your visa, but you kind of let it slip until the last minute (when they send you the paperwork), they will either hire you grudgingly or not go through with it.

In either case, it’s negative.

You don’t want to start a new job with diminished trust in their eyes.

If you bluntly inform them that you will require sponsorship, even prior to the first interview, they will either move forward with full acceptance of what they are potentially getting into by hiring you. Or, they will decline.

In either scenario, it’s clean.



Trust is the most critical exchange in the interview process. If you can be upfront with a company about needing visa sponsorship and they accept this, you’ve scored points with them by showing them that you aren’t afraid to be honest even if it might create consequences that aren’t in your favor.

That’s my advice for dealing with visa issues if you are trying to crack into finance. You may be dealing with H-1B sponsorship or other types of problems. Good luck and hope it helped!

Visa issues don’t have to kill your finance job prospects!

If you want my help on a one-on-one basis, let’s set up some time for a consultation!


If you haven’t read the Interview Kit yet, check it out below. I’m also available for consulting on a hourly basis if you need additional support.

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Equity research interview kit book cover


It’s not a long e-book, but there’s alot you can learn and it’s based on my real experiences back when I worked in equity analysis at Lehman etc..

This kit will teach you:

  • What to do before the interview – what information to gather, what research you should be doing, and what speaking points to prepare
  • How to rebut back when you get stuck in an interview
  • Why the people matter and how to increase your chances of success with the decision makers
  • How to display maximum value as a candidate by how you respond to their questions
  • What your social media should look like while you are interviewing
  • How to ask the right questions during an interview
  • What to do if the interview doesn’t go the way you want it to
  • How to open an interview correctly
  • Interview closing techniques – how to get control and operate from a position of strength throughout the interview and especially at the end when it counts
  • What to do after the interview to increase your chances of success


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