International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Retaining top tier foreign talent, which visa is the right fit for the recent graduate?
Friday, November 15
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Constellation D
Employers often are left contemplating the challenges of when and for which employees to apply for an H-1B or alternative visa, which affects highly qualified foreign graduates. Demand for H-1B visas is high, supply is limited, and standards for adjudication are increasingly stringent in the United States and yet, the H-1B visa program is the primary employment visa available to foreign professionals in the United States. Securing an H-1B visa often requires a combination of art and science.
This session will help advisors and students determine which visa program is the most practical and provide insight into the selection process and best practices in visa applications. Visa options covered will include:
- J-1 (for trainees)
- O-1 (for workers with extraordinary ability)
- E-2 (for managers and essential workers; must have the same nationality as the employer, and the employer must be a foreign investor who has made a substantial investment in the U.S. business)
- TN (for designated occupations including Computer Systems Analysts, Mathematicians, and Scientists)
- STEM OPT (one year of post-graduation practical training for foreign graduates of U.S. post-secondary schools)
- H-1B (for degreed professional workers)
- H-3 (for trainees, usually of multinational groups)
- Understand the idiosyncrasies of the H-1B visa including how the H-1B visa program works, timing quirks and quotas.
- Learn options that enable top talent and students to study in the United States and if they wish, remain in the United States after graduation to work/ gain practical experience.
- Understand the paradigm shift in immigration policy and what this may mean for the future.