Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Work visa problems

Over the last few years immigration or visa is a hot topic in the US and getting a work visa or H1b has become increasingly difficult

With the H1B cap reduced to 65000 for the past few years, along with additional 20000 for international students having a degree in the US.

The problem five years ago was getting a job and of course one with H1B sponsorship after a successful completion of graduate school.
Now the problem does not end there. Students normally have a employment authorization document(EAD) to work for a year after their degrees. What after that?

Now an H1b is based on lottery program as the number of applications increase every year much beyond the 65000 cap .

How has this affected studends graduating and starting on a job?
1. How long do they sign the apartment lease? Until their EAD or hope that they are lucky that they scrape through the H1b lottery system
2. Should they invest in a car? Who knows they might have to sell it off as soon as their EAD expires.

Life has certainly become more difficult for international students after graduation..


onlyshruti said...

Hi Tapan! I've tagged you and Kasturi on a post on my quirky habits. I'm hoping that you will do the same!!
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Mysorean said...

I heard the same from one of my friends staying the US. He has gone back to being a part-time student so that ensures that atleast he stays back in the US. I do not know how the nitty-gritties work but that's what I understood from what he told me.

Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Mysorean said...

I seem to agree with that not by experience but by conversational knowledge with a friend! :) That only means that I spoke to someone in the US who told me that he was facing these H1B problems big time!

Thanks for your comment on my blog! :)