Sacramento at a Glance
Working in Sacramento
Sacramento is mostly known for government based jobs and businesses, simply because it is the center of decision making in California thanks to the Capitol. However, it also has thriving transportation and real estate industries, as well as agriculture, health care, technology, and education (the world renowned UC Davis and Sacramento State universities are both based here). Hewlett-Packard and Intel are two of the largest employers in the city.
Although there are some very large businesses in Sacramento, over 80% of the city’s businesses are small to mid-level businesses, employing fewer than 50 employees each.
The Sacramento metropolitan area has a GDP of 108,165 USD as of 2014, a number that is growing and has continued to grow for several years, and the city has an unemployment rate of just 6.8%.
Job Hunting in Sacramento
For those looking for jobs in Sacramento, there are plenty of search options available both locally and internationally via the internet. The main local newspapers in Sacramento are the Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento Observer, who advertise jobs within their pages as well as online. The Sacramento Bee has a major job section set up on their website to help job seekers to find local jobs appropriate for their needs as easily as possible.
There are also a number of international job sites that allow people from abroad as well as locals to look for jobs in the Sacramento Area. Just one example of a popular job site is Indeed.com, and this will allow you to search from within the U.S. or anywhere in the world.
There is a local labor bureau in Sacramento, which is available to browse online and offers a range of employment information, advice on how to find and get jobs and useful information for both the employed and unemployed. There are also jobs available within the Department of Labor for those interested in working in this area.
The range of ways to find jobs on Sacramento is much like how to find jobs across America or all over the world; you can apply in person, through advertisements in newspapers and advertised publicly, or through applying online through job sites and the company’s own website.
Work Permits for Sacramento
To legally work in Sacramento, you will need a visa that includes a work permit or, if you are living in the US as a dependent of another visa holder, you’ll need to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). However, for most expatriates, the first option will be the case. One such work visa is for example the H-1 visa for skilled international professionals. This type of visa will allow you to live and work in California as long as you are working for an employer in the state. Along with your application you will need to provide evidence from your employer that it is you that they need to do the job, and that the job couldn’t be done by someone already living in the state. This type of temporary visa is much easier to get than a green card, which makes it popular amongst those moving to California to work. Once you have your visa and have lived in Sacramento for a good while, you may then go through the process of applying for a green card if you decide that you want to stay permanently.
Obtaining a green card isn’t easy, but it is worthwhile if you want to stay in the country without having to worry about reapplying for a visa or worrying about being sent home. To apply for a green card you will need:
- Labor certification, which proves that you are working and that you have a job for the foreseeable future, i.e. that you can support yourself;
- Forms I-140 or I-526, which are petitions for permanently settling in the US;
- An Adjustment/Permanent Residence Application.