Hey everyone! Last week I attended a workshop at Berkeley to learn about the employment options for international students (that is in F1 status.) The workshop was conducted by Lucy G Cheung and Michael Goldstein (pictures below), from the Law Offices of Eugene Goldstein. First of all, I thank them and Berkeley for such a helpful workshop. I really learned a lot about what possibilities we have as international students to work in the USA after graduation.
I think the most important think I learned is to be careful with the information we get about this matter. There are countless websites telling you contradicting things about the employment options after graduation. However, with this kind of issue the most important thing is to get help from the right sources. In the presentation they gave us tips on how to find the right professionals to help us without wasting our money.
Eguene Goldstein has a section on the website where they share the slides they used in the presentation. I think this is incredibly helpful and can solve many doubts. Here is the link to those slides:
I definitely recommend you to check them out. Especially the one entitled "Life After F-1: Immigration Workshop For International Students." Where you will find the options you have once you're a grad student and the process to get those visas.
We discussed the different options, with special focus on the HB visas, which you will find in detail in those slides. Moreover, we discussed about the possibilities to get a green card. However, that's a different level, since it is not only a work authorization for a specific period of time.
To be honest, the amount of information and the decisions to make are quite overwhelming. That's why I would advice, if you're considering the possibility of starting your career in the USA, is to start thinking about it as soon as possible. You will notice that the procedures for these kind of visas are quite slow and it requires time, preparation and finding the right people to help you go through it.
I will discuss in more detail some of the aspects they spoke about soon. However, the presentation I linked in this post is a good point to start thinking about the future. Don't get too stressed about it, but don't put it off until the very last quarter!
Have a good one and see you soon!