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Finding Sponsors for H1B Visa

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Are you planning to apply for the H1B visa? The USCIS has started accepting petitions for the H1B Visa since April 1 every year. Here are the possible questions that applicants may have:

* How do students look for sponsors?

* How can individuals with H4 visa in the US find sponsors?

* How can individuals with L1 Visa and move to H1B Visa?

* How to obtain a complete list of companies that sponsor H1B Visa?

* How to avoid fake enterprises claiming to sponsor H1B visa?

 

Multiple options for possible sponsorship

There are different ways of finding H1B Visa sponsors?

* Databases of H1B  firms that sponsor visas

* Internship that leads to acquiring H1B Visa Sponsorship

* Consulting Companies (Be careful since this may be fraud)

* H1B Sponsorship through universities in the US

 

Sponsors Database

This is a very direct/hit and miss method of finding H1B Visa sponsors. The US Department of Labor publishes Labor Condition Application (LCA) information every quarter including the list of sponsors. You need to review the website of the department and Foreign Labor Certification Data Center. However, the information is in MS Access format or large text files which are difficult to read. 

There are some websites like My Visa Jobs, Visa Square, H1base that use said Database and information in a more user-friendly format. It contains contact information of corporations that have sponsored H1B visas. You can contact these companies directly. 

Check some websites like:

http://www.myvisajobs.com

http://www.visasquare.com/

http://www.h1visajobs.com/

http://www.immihelp.com

http://www.h1base.com

 

IT Companies

These companies recruit international students and professionals for possible work in the USA. Said institutions sponsor visas for professionals with experience in China, India, Vietnam… or recruit talent in the US.  The objective is to make contacts and determine requirements and obtain sponsorship.  They always look for students and professionals with experience in preferred fields. The salaries may not be very high but you will definitely get the sponsorship. 

Internships

If you are in the final semester of your MS or MBA, one alternative is to search for internship or co-op. You can use the labor department’s database for the list of authentic companies.  It is important to be careful before making a final decision for internship. This is not a problem in big American cities where there are startup communities and many foreign students.

Consulting Companies

Consulting firms used to be the main sources of sponsors for H1B Visa sponsorship before modifications were made to the policies. This came about in 2011. Unfortunately, some companies abused the H1B Program which prodded the USCIS to introduce numerous changes. These were meant to prevent cases of fraud. In fact, many fraudulent H1B companies were prohibited from sponsoring H1B Visas. The labor department says you should not pay any fee. The point is to be cautious and conduct due diligence before committing to any consulting firms. Seek the assistance of knowledgeable colleagues to know more about these companies.

H1B Sponsorship (American Universities)

Many academic institutions sponsor these visas for international students based on academic qualifications or experiences.  You will not be included in the H1B Visa cap with visa sponsorship.  However, you are not allowed to transfer your H1B visa to other companies. It may only be transferred to a university/college or research institution.  

Son Hoang Nguyen – CEO/ Founder

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OPT and CPT Concerns

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Things to do and avoid for OPT and CPT Employment (F-1 Student Visas)

The holder of this visa can possibly receive the so-called Request for Evidence (RFE) from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Most of the time, this has something to do with employment for time used up in Optional Practical Training (OPT). This may also have something to do with Curricular Practical Training (CPT). There are some tips just to ensure that you are maintaining your F-1 student visa status properly. You also need to prove this.

What are the things to do?

Be careful of schools offering Curricular Practical Training before you have even been enrolled full time for one school year. However, there is always an exception to the rule. In case the CPT is an essential or necessary component of the student degree program, immediate participation is called for. If you opt for participation in CPT prior to a full year of academic studies, you should be prepared to explain everything. Likewise, prove its necessity as well as the need for immediate participation.

* It is essential to maintain documentation of all jobs worked during CPT and/or OPT. File all letters of offer, employment verification, salary statements, information of employee benefits, and other important papers. Keep a record of your job title, duration of contract, contact details for supervisors, and accurate description of tasks and duties. You must describe the relation of each job to your course program.

* See to it that you do not go beyond three months of unemployment for initial OPT or 120 days for those who secure a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) extension.

* All students covered by this must report to the college or university within 10 days of a change in jobs or office address.

* File your STEM extension application at least 90 days before the OPT expires. This is the requirement if you are eligible.

* Make sure to render service for a minimum of 20 hours weekly. This is the case for an E-Verify employer with paid position that is related directly to the STEM degree for as long as you are on STEM extension.

 

What are the things to avoid?

* Do not accumulate more than 90 days of unemployment or 120 days for those with STEM extension.

* Do not apply for or work in a position which is not related to your program.

* Do not work for any employer without giving formal notice to your school.

* Do not work for employers that are NOT E-Verified during your STEM extension.

Abide by these guidelines. These can help prove that you preserved your F-1 student visa status. The policies of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are very stringent. In the case of overseas students, it is imperative for them to comply with requirements and documentation to stay away from more serious issues.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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How students can travel Free of Charge?

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Summer holidays prove to be an excellent opportunity for students to travel. The question is this: Will it be affordable for any student? The truth is you can be creative to get the chance to see the whole world. These are the ways for students to travel during the summer break:

1. Study grants and cultural exchange programs are trendy. Many foreign governments sponsor undergraduate students to avail of short cultural exchange programs and study grants. Accommodations, land transport and subsistence costs are covered. Universities finance air fare, visas and vaccinations most of the time. This is the chance to become familiar with the culture of other nations.

2. You can apply as an English tutor to travel anywhere in the world. It is a lucrative option for student travelers. Expenses are covered and schools will even pay for your services as mentors. It is also the best way to make new friends.

3. Apply for travel grants. Many organizations finance foreign travel for students. All you need is to present a comprehensive plan that your travel will be meaningful. These associations appreciate trips that promote personal or cultural development. Nonetheless, there are specifications and parameters that students must adhere to.

4. Participate in competitions. This may not be a 100 percent guarantee but international competitions usually offer attractive prizes. There are many contests for amateur writers, artists, poets, and sportsmen.

5. Try to study abroad. There are always opportunities for undergraduates to study at least for two semesters in foreign universities. There are numerous scholarship grants and other forms of financial aid for deserving students.

6. Apply as a tour guide. Look for tourism offices, hotels and tour agencies recruiting student tour guides who can speak fluent English. There are strict requirements but you can prepare for these prerequisites. It is one way of covering the costs of foreign trips.

7. You can also work in a farm provided you are not choosy and do not mind getting dirty at all. This will provide you food, free accommodations and minimal stipends. It may be necessary to pay a small fee for membership but it is a good chance to travel.

8. It is also possible to raise funds for charity purposes. These activities are done yearly. The idea behind this scheme is to travel during the weekend for free. Look for sponsors from your family, close friends and private companies. The idea is to raise money for a good cause and travel at the same time. It is definitely a unique and enjoyable activity.

9. Look for well to do friends who can provide you with opportunities to travel abroad. You can always stay with new colleagues and come out of the initiative with new points of view, language skills, financial rewards and contentment. You may need to pay for your airfares but the accommodations as well as personal tour guide are certainly for free.

Given these prospects, students have a lot of chances to travel around the world for free or minimal expenses.

With Greenhandshake, you are assured of generous assistance from a platform that is anchored on trust, integrity and community. Visit the organization’s website at http://greenhandshake.com for more useful information.

Sue J Liu – COO/ VP of Marketing

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Top 7 things every International Student should know

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Are you an overseas student attending a University in the United States? There are many things to consider in the process. Consult your adviser before choosing subjects, electives and courses. It is not necessary to graduate ahead of time. You might as well relish the extra time on your visa.

1. Find out about your housing assignment. There is a possibility that foreign students are not housed in comfortable locations. You can always ask for a transfer. It is practical to live within the campus during the first few semesters. It will be difficult to live far away since it isolates you from social life and meeting other students.

2. Carry your student identification at all times. Legal drinking age in the USA is 21 years old. State governments are quite strict about this policy. Never use a fake passport or identification. This is strictly against the law. Grab opportunities that will help you live a normal life in the US. Open a bank savings account. Buy a computer and apply for a mobile phone plan. This may be rigorous but you need to do this right away. The social security card may not be a requirement. However, this will make things easier for you.

3. Try to get a part-time job in the campus. The F-1 visa holder is not permitted to work outside the campus, retail stores or restaurants. However, you can always work as a language mentor, library or research assistant. This is a stepping stone in acquiring the social security card. With this card, you can apply for a driver’s license, purchase a car, open a bank account, or obtain a credit card.

4. It is not necessary to pay full prices since students (local or foreign) are qualified for discounts when it comes to online and in-store purchases. Apply for a student driver’s license. It is not necessary to purchase an automobile right away. Just make sure to pass the tests to facilitate your application for a license in the state where you reside and study.

5. Try to meet new acquaintances so you will get to know the American culture. College the best time to meet different kinds of people. The truth is international students seldom fraternize with American youngsters. They prefer to live and do not generally participate in school activities such as athletic events. The key is to meet and socialize with Americans and foreigners.

6. It is advisable to look for your country’s student association. You can also join a club to that is familiar with your country’s culture. You can look forward to support from this organizations especially during difficult times. However, see to it that you also mingle with American students and peer groups. Get to know the traditions in the US as well as the typical American way of life.

7. Make it a point to understand cultural differences. Strive to acquire several internship programs while you are in the university. This is allowed by US immigration laws for international students.

With Greenhandshake, you are assured of generous assistance from a platform that is anchored on trust, integrity and community. Visit the organization’s website at: greenhandshake.com for more useful information.

Son Hoang Nguyen – CEO/ Founder

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