Beyond H1B: Prepare an Alternative for U.S. Work Visa

Gyandhan organized a webinar on Beyond H1B: Prepare an Alternative for U.S. Work Visa on 25 May 2024

Here are some key Takeaways:

  • The webinar featured Dr. Aditi Paul, a researcher and former professor with extensive experience in navigating the U.S. immigration process, including F1, H1-B, EB2, and EB1 visas.
  • Dr. Paul emphasized the importance of preparation and realistic expectations for international students planning to move to the U.S.
  • Students were advised to make the most of university resources, such as international student offices, libraries, and professors, to enhance their skills and employability.
  • The transition from an F1 visa to an H1-B visa is challenging, with many students facing the possibility of not getting their H1-B visa picked in the lottery.
  • Students should be proactive in negotiating with employers about H1-B sponsorship early in their OPT period.
  • The O-1 visa, based on extraordinary ability, is an alternative to the H1-B but requires a significant demonstration of talent and impact.
  • Students were encouraged to network with alumni and leverage university career services to improve job prospects.
  • The importance of being prepared for the long-term immigration journey and not just focusing on immediate employment was highlighted.

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