Is it inappropriate to mention immigration status in a thank you letter following a job interview?
October 5, 2011 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Is it inappropriate to mention immigration status in a thank you letter following a job interview?

I had a job interview where I first met with the department manager, then the department director. The department director questioned me about my immigration status because my resume mostly lists foreign jobs. After telling him that I am a legal permanent resident and have the right to live and work in the US indefinitely, he complained about how expensive immigration sponsorship has been for the company in the past.

Now I'm preparing my thank you letters to the two people who interviewed me. Is it appropriate to mention the immigration thing in my letter to either/both manager? It seems kind of gauche but I don't want to risk this great job because of doubt about my right to work in the country.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total)
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:41 AM on October 5, 2011

I note my permanent resident status in my CV. For some jobs I've mentioned in my cover letter that I can legally work in US and in EU if it seemed relevant to the position.

I'd say there is no harm as you don't want to be screened out by HR person for this reason.
posted by zeikka at 7:43 AM on October 5, 2011

Yeah don't do this. You already told them that you are a permanent legal resident, to bring it up in the thank you letter is tacky. You do not risk being screened out by HR after you've already met with the department manager and director.
posted by Kimberly at 7:45 AM on October 5, 2011

I'd write "normal" thank you notes and then follow up in a few days offline with the department manager or the director (or HR, or whatever) informally regarding immigration status. Maybe a quick call--"Oh hey, thanks again for speaking with me the other day. I know when we talked you were concerned about the costs of immigration sponsorship and I wanted to confirm that I'm a permanent resident--do you need me to send you a copy of my green card for you to keep in my file? I'm really excited about the opportunity to join your team, so let me know if there's anything I can do or additional information I can provide that makes your life easier."

I agree with zeikka that you can/should put this on your resume.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:45 AM on October 5, 2011 [2 favorites]

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