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Good News ! - House is poised to pass OPT STEM Immigration Bill

The bill would eliminate the Diversity Visa Program and shift up to 55,000 green cards a year to foreign students who graduate from qualified U.S. schools with a doctorate or master’s degree in the “STEM” disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math.

Despite White House opposition, the House appears likely to pass a bill this week that would allow more foreign students who graduate from U.S. schools with advanced technical degrees to stay in the country.

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My F1 Visa and OPT expires prior to H1B receipt - Can I Still Work?

Below question is asked by one of the job seeker during our career and immigration session

My F1 visa expires in - Dec 2012 and OPT expires - March 2013. Still working with my employer and going to file my H1B in April 2013. If H1B approves, earliest start day of work would be October 1st 2013. What can I do during this period?

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My OPT is approved but I can't work due to my name

Below is the experience of a recent OPT (Optional Practical Training) student

I have small problem, I applied for opt card i got it but had small problem as my first name was too long they skipped a letter "y" on the card and when i called the uscis they said it was too long and there will be no problem with my opt and my opt started on oct 15th so i went and applied my ssn but at ssn office they said my name on passport doesn't match with immigration database so they took my details and said they need to verify with uscis and process my SSN. they said they may give ssn or i should talk with uscis and take new opt card with correct name.but normally ssn take 4-7 business days now i am unable to do my job till i get my ssn. so what do you suggest me to do ?  

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Beware while Traveling to Home Country on OPT/CPT/F-1 Visa

Are you planning to travel to your Home country during winter break on F1 visa?

Have you been in US for a year and getting home sick, thinking of visiting family and friends during this winter break? If you have one more semester prior to graduation, then you gotta take this opportunity and put those travel plans together. Coz this will be easier trip then travelling during you OPT or H1B filing process.

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OPT/CPT/F1 Free Dedicated Phone Number from Google Voice

After you sign up for Google Voice , it creates a free new phone number that you can use for your job search, when some one calls this new number, It automatically redirects to your existing phone number. Below are some of the advantages 

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Shall OPT Student look for full time job or consulting job ?

The days have changed. People are no longer satisfied with the laid back, monotonous full time jobs or OPT Jobs or CPT Jobs and they want to test new avenues by taking to more challenging and flexible assignments and Of course taking the big bucks in a short time. What’s the solution for all these??  

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When should OPT Student start looking for a job ?

Statutory Warning: Students in the first semester…Ignore this article and enjoy your school life. Jokes apart…after toiling hard through the GRE, TOEFL and various courses in the graduate courses in US universities, its critical for every student to plan well ahead before the time he graduates to be ready to take the Plunge.  

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Desi OPT Alumni Job Search Experience

I had been in the same shoes are you were few years ago. I graduated from Chemical engineering from Bangalore University. I saw the trend was to start reading GRE and Toefl and plan to go to USA. Well since the job market in India was not that great, so thought why not follow the trend. Landed in US and joined master’s program in Computer Science. With 9/11 and bad economy, there were no chances of funding or even getting on-campus jobs or OPT/CPT Jobs. Somehow my luck favored and I got my first on campus job in few months. Then got my Assistantship, then my Internship and was ready to graduate. 

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Failing to graduate after applying for OPT

If a Student applies for Post Completion OPT before his or her program end date and fails to complete the requirements (due to ‘incomplete or failing grades’ or failure to meet graduation requirements) of program should do following...

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OPT Student Switching from Non IT to IT

Well that’s a tough one…For OPT students in the conventional majors and who bagged the jobs in their fields of study…its not at all concern for them to think about this shift at least for the time being. However this thought might arise in them once they settle down in their OPT job and start feeling the ennui about their daily routine due to the lack of freshness or adventure. Also the lure of big pay packets is one main thing that attracts them to IT. Along with these there might be Junta who is really interested in programming stuff, web designing, has the curiosity to learn more about the business side, about finance and IT integration etc which lures them into the IT sector. 

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