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  • My OPT stem extension will get over in December, and as you know H1B is going for

    My OPT stem extension will get over in December, and as you know H1B is going for lottery then if I dont get my H1B then what other legal options I have to stay and work in USA. What are the chances for reforms to come for STEM students? Will they come in next two months?


    This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on April 7th 2013

  • #2
    @Ruchir..it is not only for STEM, it is for any masters degree

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    • #3
      Joining other university is the only option...

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      • #4
        If your H-1 is rejected, you can: 1)try to find position with non-profit organization or university- these are exempt from the cap; 2) you can get an employer to create a training program and include you in it via H-3 visa (does not have to be a small company); 3) if you get cap exempt organization to sponsor you for H-1, you can also work in H-1 status for a for-profit company; 4) depending upon which country you are from, you may be able to start a business and obtain an E-2 visa 5) if you have tons of money to invest in a business, you can get a green card based on investment; 6) if you have many awards and recognition in your field, you may qualify for O-1 visa status. There are many options, but what any one person can do will depend upon the exact facts and circumstances and credentials related to that person.

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        • #5
          With smaller employers, sometimes there are options such as with an H-3 trainee visa to help bridge the gap as we wait for FY2015 numbers to be available. (Or maybe, just maybe, the law will change? One can hope...) or switching to another nonimmigrant status. Every case will be different, so it is best to consult a lawyer to receive targeted advice.

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          • #6
            The STEM students have a much better offering by the USCIs even since it decided that lottery would decide the fate of all the H1-B applications this year. All STEM graduates will be applicable to go thru a lottery of 20,000 H1-B's specifically for graduates from American Universities. The students who do not get thru this, will be eligible for the general 65,000 quota too.... So that probably improves your chances...

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            • #7
              cpt is good option. univ of north america in virginia gives cpt first month

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              • #8
                U have to join some other university and apply cpt but you have to complete one full acedemic year in oder to apply cpt there are some university which give cpt in first sem try to find out them

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                • #9
                  I guess, the only chance we all have will be to re-enroll into school, file for H1B next year and pray that we get a chance then! That's possibly the easiest way to stay here. Also, the admissions process will be quite simpler as we already will be having the local transcript! But lets be positive that we get the H1 this year, after all its luck and your chances of selection are as bright as everyone else

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                  • #10
                    For working you need to find a unive that gives CPT from 1st sem..

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                    • #11
                      I have the same question too- whet are the options if h1 is rejected ?

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