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Hi everybody,

My name is Selim, 28 years old Tunisian guy and a holder of a master degree of international hotel management. I put my CV on Marriott international website, and I was lucky to get picked for a job interview for a hotel in Seattle. I succeeded in my interview for the position, which will be from 10:30 PM to 6:30 am in the reception. The manager told me to start the procedures concerning the work permit! I have checked on the US website but couldn't tell which visa do I need. The hotel is also asking how can he help about it, and the time it could take. So I am asking you guys if could enlighten me about this matter.

Thanks in advance :)

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A major international hotel should already know that it's them that have organise your work visa, not you.

Be cautious.


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I also doubt it a little but the people I had the interview with asked me very technical questions, they also have their profiles on either linked-in or Facebook so I braely doubt that it is a fraud.

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The company should have an HR department yes? Also, they should have lawyers yes? Speak to either of those departments to find out how much 'help' they are willing to provide.

For example, ask HR how long they are willing to hold the job for you while you sort out the visa. Then speak to the lawyer about what visa path they usually take for their international workers.

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Hi everybody,

My name is Selim, 28 years old Tunisian guy and a holder of a master degree of international hotel management. I put my CV on Marriott international website, and I was lucky to get picked for a job interview for a hotel in Seattle. I succeeded in my interview for the position, which will be from 10:30 PM to 6:30 am in the reception. The manager told me to start the procedures concerning the work permit! I have checked on the US website but couldn't tell which visa do I need. The hotel is also asking how can he help about it, and the time it could take. So I am asking you guys if could enlighten me about this matter.

Thanks in advance :)

So most likely their offer is worthless - they may have not realized you are not eligible to work in US. There is no visa you can apply for, they need to apply for a visa for you and if that is H-1B, earliest you can get it is October 2016 - and that if you're lucky. So they're better start talking to an immigration lawyer at which point my guess is they will tell you to forget about it.

Sorry to break bad news, but that is how the reality looks like.

Again - there are no procedures related to work permit that you yourself can start. They don't exist. Everything is handled by employers.

Edited by kzielu

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Many of their hotels are franchise operations and front desk would anyway be a local hire.

Presumably this is a seasonal position, I live near ski towns and they use H2b and J1.


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So most likely their offer is worthless - they may have not realized you are not eligible to work in US. There is no visa you can apply for, they need to apply for a visa for you and if that is H-1B, earliest you can get it is October 2016 - and that if you're lucky. So they're better start talking to an immigration lawyer at which point my guess is they will tell you to forget about it.

Sorry to break bad news, but that is how the reality looks like.

Again - there are no procedures related to work permit that you yourself can start. They don't exist. Everything is handled by employers.

H1b is where the job requires a degree.


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