Chance for a foreign-born engineer

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In summary, a foreign-born aerospace engineer may face difficulties in finding a position in the aerospace industry or federal government organizations in the US. This is due to limitations in available positions for those who have not established themselves with a green card or citizenship. Private aerospace companies without government programs may be a better option. However, if the engineer has US citizenship or a green card, discrimination in hiring is illegal. Obtaining security clearance may also be a potential obstacle.
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Does a foreign-born aerospace engineer have a difficulty in finding a position in aerospace industry or federal government organizations in U.S?
 
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In terms of a federal or government position, most likely, yes. Unless you have established yourself here with either a green card or citizenship, many federal positions may not be available to you. That is not to say that it is impossible. It would simply limit your options in places you could go and positions you could serve. In my location, for example, foreign nationals of any kind can not even look at certain machinery without our legal department ensuring certain export licensing is in place.

Regular private aerospace companys that don't have government programs would probably be your best bet. Companies like Cessna or possibly the civilian liner side of Boeing.
 
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In terms of a federal or government position, most likely, yes. Unless you have established yourself here with either a green card or citizenship, many federal positions may not be available to you. That is not to say that it is impossible. It would simply limit your options in places you could go and positions you could serve. In my location, for example, foreign nationals of any kind can not even look at certain machinery without our legal department ensuring certain export licensing is in place.

Regular private aerospace companys that don't have government programs would probably be your best bet. Companies like Cessna or possibly the civilian liner side of Boeing.
How about a foreign-born engineer with U.S citizenship or Green Card?
 
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If you're a US citizen, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to discriminate in hiring.

Getting security clearance (if that is needed for the position you're applying) may be another case, though.
 

1. What are the chances for a foreign-born engineer to find employment in the US?

The chances for a foreign-born engineer to find employment in the US vary depending on several factors such as the current job market, the specific field of engineering, and the individual's qualifications and work experience. However, in general, the US has a high demand for skilled engineers, and many companies are open to hiring foreign-born engineers.

2. Are there any restrictions or limitations for foreign-born engineers to work in the US?

Yes, there are certain restrictions and limitations for foreign-born engineers to work in the US. In order to work in the US, a foreign-born engineer must have a valid work visa or be a permanent resident (green card holder). Additionally, some engineering jobs may require security clearance, which can be difficult for non-US citizens to obtain.

3. Is it necessary for a foreign-born engineer to have their degree recognized in the US?

In most cases, yes. Foreign-born engineers must have their degree recognized by a US accreditation agency in order to practice engineering in the US. This process is known as the Foreign Education Credential Evaluation and can be done through organizations such as the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

4. What are some common challenges faced by foreign-born engineers in the US?

Some common challenges faced by foreign-born engineers in the US include obtaining work authorization, navigating the US job market and work culture, and dealing with potential language or cultural barriers. Additionally, foreign-born engineers may face discrimination or bias in the hiring process due to their nationality or immigration status.

5. Are there any resources or programs available to help foreign-born engineers in the US?

Yes, there are various resources and programs available to help foreign-born engineers in the US. These include networking groups, mentorship programs, and career development workshops specifically tailored for foreign-born engineers. Additionally, many universities and professional organizations offer resources and support for international students and professionals in the engineering field.

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