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Master of Business Administration


Wherever one turns to nowadays, one sees myriads of advertisements for MBAs. These ads are displayed prominently on buses, huge billboards, TV shows and what not. With all these around, and people talking about it in awesome tones, there seem to be something very significant about MBA. Let’s look into this super educational qualification, in some detail!


With the advent of the 20th century, a wholly new industrial era came into being, necessitating the employment of individuals trained in advanced practices in the field of business administration.  The very first MBA degree was awarded at the Harvard University as far back as in 1908, and as time passed by several US universities and colleges began to grant this highly coveted degree. Beginning with 1950, numerous international universities followed suit, by providing like graduate business programs, culminating in the conferring of MBAs upon the successful completion of the course.

How to Be Eligible for an MBA Program

As is the case with most graduate degrees, various MBA programs ask for different prerequisites for gaining admission. To gain masters in business administration, one needs to have an undergraduate degree in a subject, as well as excellent GRE or GMAT scores. Several prestigious MBA programs ask for work experience, and sometimes need a number of applicant interviews. Interestingly, there is no prescribed timeline for getting the MBA degree. Some students join the program immediately after college, while some so do so after working for scores of years in the business arena.

The Actual MBA Program

MBA programs in general feature the basic business courses. Classes such as Management, Accounting, Human Resources, Human Resources, etc. make certain that all MBA students possess all-rounded in their respective disciplines and their foundations remain strong before they can proceed to advanced coursework.

There are some programs that move straight into the many specialized business concentrations. MBAs courses include global business, real estate, technology business, human resources, entrepreneurship, and e-commerce, to name a few.

These programs are of various types such as be part-time, full-time, distance learning, online, specially designed programs for working professionals, and as part of a dual-degree program. However, in spite of the variety, accreditation bodies work in the background with the aim of maintaining uniformity as well as quality of programs.


Why People Want to Get an MBA?

People have their own particular reasons for studying for an MBA degree, but most applicants do so for three important reasons. Firstly, an MBA degree brings about an increase in salary and possibly advancement into senior management positions. Secondly, this prestigious degree can lead to fresh job opportunities that call for an advanced business degree. Lastly, an MBA provides most business professionals an opportunity to enhance their skills, an aim that is shared by almost all professions.

MBA Considerations

Of the myriads of considerations that make people go for an MBA, three stand out. Firstly, the consideration of money! MBA programs are generally very expensive to pursue, but at times financial aid might be forthcoming from institutions or the student’s own employer is willing to provide it. The second consideration is location. Some wants to attend a brick and mortar classroom, when some prefer online programs. Third and last is prestige, which is a deciding factor in pursuing an MBA. Some have their eyes planted on prestigious business schools such as Harvard, Northwestern or Pennsylvania, or may be a highly ranked MBA program online like that of the one available at the Washington State University. In fact one should aim high, but at the same time realistic too about it, by knowing one’s limits and potential.

Now one must have a good idea as to what an MBA degree is all about. Whether it is a new opportunity to be derived from masters in the field of international business, or a promotion with an MBA in finance, this coveted degree has persuaded many takes stock of themselves, and their potential and the need to enhance it.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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The Need for Turning Up In the Host Country Well Ahead

Greenhandshake_welcome-new-studentsIf anyone is going to study in the U.S, he/she needs to know just when the classes are due to commence, and plan the journey accordingly. Anyway, for an overseas student in the new country, there are plenty of reasons to arrive there early enough. Under the circumstances, one should keep in mind certain things before buying that airline ticket that lets one arrive in the host country, well ahead of the commencement of classes.

Compensate for the Jet lag

While flying across the globe, jet-lag is inevitable. This will be cause for much trouble, but it can be minimized by going swimming, or go without sleep till it is time to go to bed, in the new surroundings. In spite of all these efforts, jet lag do happen, and so it is essential to have a few days, to come to terms with the change in time, before one can attend one’s classes, without any undue hardship.

Attend Orientation Events

Students from overseas usually arrive in their campus early enough, as they have to attend a whole series of events that will fill their time to the brink, such as team building exercises, local excursions, and informative meetings. These events are an introduction to one’s life abroad, and help one facilitate the sudden transition and also help in meeting new friends. The international student advisor of the college or university will inform one of all these events well in advance, before one could book one’s flight; or else, be sure to contact them, to ask them.

Familiarizing with the Changed Surroundings

Simple things such as unpacking, going around the campus, buying textbooks and groceries, can be a challenge when one turns up in a strange country, especially when one doesn’t speak English well. Studying in the U.S can be fun, if there is sufficient time to settle down, so that one begin one’s new life pleasantly enough, instead of having a stressful time. So if arrive early enough, there will be to explore the surroundings and also to enjoy it.

Taking Care of One’s Business

To manage important business between class-breaks can be very stressful, and in case the campus is spread over a large area or across the town, it becomes almost impossible. So it is better to reach the campus early, as it will enable one to handle matters such as the signing of the required documents, enrolling in the various classes, buying a cell phone and health insurance, opening a bank account, getting the student ID made, and such other important details.

Making Friends

Besides taking care of a lot of things, one will also have much free time to mix with the other students who are already arrived. The majority of the students arriving early tend to be international students. One can also find many student athletes, and campus student workers who come to the campus early. Although it is a fine thing to become acquainted with international students as one arrives, taking the trouble to look for other social groups also is necessary, early on.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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USCIS Guidance for Payment of Extra H-1B and L-1 Filing Fees

Greenhandshake_h1b_new_feeThese new filing fees are applicable to petitions submitted on or after December 18, 2015. The USCIS will reject all applications without the fee for Public Law 114-113 starting February 11, 2016.

The following is the guidance from the USCIS:

US President Barack Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 or Public Law 114-113 on December 18, 2015. The Act increases the fees for both H-1B and L-1 petitioners. They are required to submit extra fees of $4, 000 for H-1B and $4, 500 for L-1A petitions stamped officially on or after December 18, 2015.

Additional fees are intended for those who use the services of 50 employees or more than this number in the USA. More than 50% of these workers must be in H-1B non-immigrant status. This includes L-1A as well as L-1B. Petitioners are required to pay these extra fees for the following purposes:

* To confer status to any non-immigrant described in the sub-paragraph (H), (I), (B) or (L) of Section 10 (A) (15) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act.

* To secure the proper authorization for any non-immigrant in said status for the purpose of changing employers.

This is aside from the base processing, premium processing, Fraud Prevention and Detection, American Competitiveness and Work Improvement Act fees (if required). On the other hand, fees for Public Law 114-113 will remain in effect until September 30, 2025.

The USCIS is still making revisions for Form I-129, Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker as well as Form I-129S, and Non-Immigrant Petition based on the Blanket L petition to indicate stipulations of Public Law 114-113. Petitioners must continue to fill up the Items 1.D and 1.D.1 of the H-1B and H-1B-1 Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. This consists of (Page 19/Form I-129) and Item Numbers 4.a. and 4.b of the L-Classification Supplement (Page 22/Form I-129).

The USCIS will start to refuse petitions which are submitted on or following February 11, 2016 if these do not complete the Item Numbers 1.d.1 and 1.D.2. These are part of the H-1B and H1B1 Data Collection and Filing Fee (Exemption Supplement) along with Item Numbers 4.a and 4.b of L Classification Supplement. This also includes additional payment for Public Law 114-113 only if appropriate.

At the same time, the USCIS may send out a Request for Evidence during the 30-day duration right after the Internet notification. This is intended to find out if the additional payment applies to this petition. Petitioners are asked to complete questions found in the Form I-129, noted in the above-mentioned paragraph, and pay the fee if required to avoid this RFE. The RFE will be issued in exchange for this fee instead of a refusal for omission. The USCIS will adhere to the original date of filing as the date of receipt. Petitioners must wait and answer the RFE before making the additional payment or provide an explanation why this fee is not relevant.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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H-1B Visa – Cap, Lottery Predictions, Required Fees and News for 2017

maxresdefault1The following is a comprehensive guide for H-1B Visa applicants (FY 2017).

Application forms are available April 1, 2016 and onwards. USCIS will accept petitions for the next fiscal year. Henceforth, any forms filed after April 1, 2016 is for H1-B starting October 1, 2016. All rejected application forms filed in 2015 get the chance to apply after April 1 for 2017.

The H-1B quota is the maximum number of applications that USCIS will accept for the year. This is authorized by Congress.

For regular visas – 65, 000

For holders of master degrees – 20, 000

6, 800 applications are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore.

For FY 2016, some 233, 000 applications were submitted for this particular Visa.

There is a big demand for H-1B Visas in 2017 due to the improved job market. Applicants not chosen in 2016 can apply again this 2017. Companies prefer to file H-1B petitions because of restrictions for B1 and L1 visas.

Foreigners who plan to work in the US during the following fiscal year must plan ahead to avoid problems. F1 students should also try to get internship or temporary jobs in these companies sponsoring H-1B visas. Check out possible sponsors and get in touch with them for CPT or OPT after graduation. For skilled professionals planning to relocate to the US, it is advisable to look for multi-national firms. The best time to apply internally for this Visa is next fiscal year.

Students can find sponsors for H-1B Visas and go through several internship programs. However, this may be quite complicated for working professionals. Conglomerates can help in this case to facilitate the process. These international companies can choose employees as Visa sponsors. Another option is to find consulting firms. However, applicants must be cautious since there are many fraudulent individuals and groups. Refrain from giving money to these people or you may end up being victims of scams.

Breakdown of Fees:

Base Filing Fee – $325

USCIS Anti-Fraud fee – $500

ACWIA Education and Training fee –

$750 for companies with less than 25 employees

$1, 500 for companies with more than 25 employees

Public Law 111-320 Fee – $4, 000

Optional Premium Processing Fee- $1, 225


What is the H1-B premium visa processing process?

This is a different approach because the applicant needs to wait for a minimum of three months or 90 days to find out if the petition has been approved or rejected. This is the regular process. Under the H1-B premium visa processing process, the applicant will know if his or her application has been approved or rejected within two weeks. However, there is an additional payment of $1, 225. Premium processing is available anytime the applicant wants it.

This is a guide and reminder for H-1B Visa application FY 2017. There is no time to waste since time is gold. Move fast so there is an opportunity to be chosen in lottery for FY 2017.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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