Is it possible for a non-American to land a job at a top firm?

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Hello, fellow monkeys

I was wondering if I can land a job and/or an internship at a top firm (e.g. Goldman Sachs) despite being a Non-American.

I am an Egyptian and I plan on studying Business Administration in the American University here (AUC).

Also, which is a better major: Finance or Banking?

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Oct 6, 2017

You can work for a top firm, but your Visa is going to be an issue. You can land a spot in Dubai for LDN and NY is almost impossible without Visa.

The major doesn't matter much, choose what you like the most. The important is to learn the basic corporate finance, accounting and valuation concepts and to do lots of networking

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Oct 7, 2017

You can work for a top firm, but your Visa is going to be an issue.

How difficult is it really to get the Visa? Cause I don't think I'm interested in working in Dubai.

Oct 7, 2017

IMO it's impossible, it would doable if you move internally

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Oct 6, 2017

bro you can do anything if you know the right people. Read on how the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund's manager used his power to give GS business as a tool to help his nephew get a job at GS.

If you know the right people, religion, skin color, nationality barriers are a joke. In today's world it's all about who you know.


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Oct 9, 2017

It's always been about who you know my friend...


Oct 9, 2017

The point is, if you want to work with an American company they will need to prove that no American would be able to do your job.

IMO it is easier to apply to a local GS office and try to get send to the American office then (it is easier to change within the company, as I think those rules are not that strict in that case).

Might be wrong, but that's how I think it was

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Oct 10, 2017

Yeah found some kind of a Visa which allows someone who has worked in an office of the company in another country for X years to work in the US, so it's likely that this will be what's happening.

Oct 10, 2017

What's that Visa called?

Oct 9, 2017

You just need the Wasta habibi. Plenty of Egyptians have done it. Look at EFG Hermes in cairo and start networking with them now. They're reputable in the MENA region and could be the stepping stone you need to prove youre serious. Good luck.

Oct 10, 2017

Are you an Egyptian? :D

Oct 10, 2017

Nope sorry, just speak some Arabic and have friends in Cairo. I have heard a few Americans mention the firm so it can't be a bad stepping stone for getting a summer analyst position as a junior if you can swing an internship with EFG as a freshman or sophomore.

Oct 11, 2017

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