Yes, you can, as long as you do so while on Optional Practical Training (OPT) approved by your school. While you’re in F-1 status, there are two ways that you can work in off-campus jobs: OPT and CPT. (If you don’t know what these are, check out my post from last week.) OPT is the only student work authorization [Read more…]
As a foundation for next week’s post about founding a startup while on F-1 status, this week I’d like to begin with an explanation of the various ways that F-1 students can work.
1. On-Campus Employment: An F-1 student can work on campus or at an off-campus location affiliated with the school without special authorization. This includes things like [Read more…]
There are 65,000 new cap-subject H1B visas available every fiscal year. Of these, 6,800 are reserved for applicants from Chile and Singapore, leaving 58,200 available in the general pool. In years of high demand (as is expected this year), USCIS receives more than enough applications to distribute all available H1Bs within the first few days after H1B season opens on April 1. It therefore stops accepting applications after the first week of April and conducts a lottery among the applications already accepted to determine which will be processed. [Read more…]
The exact cost of filing an H1B petition depends on the size of the employer and the number of other H1B employees working for the employer.
Base Fee: All petitions start with the base fee of $460.
Fraud Prevention Fee: All new petitions and petitions to switch employers (but not petitions to extend status with the same employer) must include a “fraud prevention” fee of $500.
ACWIA Fee: Introduced in the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (“ACWIA”), this fee feeds a fund intended to train US workers for skilled positions. The ACWIA fee [Read more…]
Maybe. How similar is your degree to the degree normally required for the job? How much related work experience have you had?
To obtain an H-1B visa for an employee, the employer must show that the job offered normally requires a college degree in a specific field, and that the employee has this specific degree or its equivalent. I’ve already discussed how to show equivalency if you don’t have a degree, or if you are very close to graduation, but what if you already have a diploma, just in a different field?