H-1B: The Emotional Rollercoaster

Today is the day of the H-1B dread. It’s that time of year again that immigration attorneys do the dash to mail out their H-1B petitions on behalf of clients to join the deluge of other petitioners.  Then the rush and flurry of filing the petitions is over, but now the stage of anxiety and nightmares regarding the H-1B lottery begins.  Last year over 200,000 H-1B petitions were received by Immigration Services. For beneficiaries who possess Bachelor degrees, there were only 65,000 possible H-1B slots available.  Needless to say, many of the individuals did not hit the lottery.  The low possibility of securing the H-1B visa is a reality, but is there anything else that a foreign-born employee can do.  Once the H-1B rejection letter is received, then it’s time to consider alternatives. Here are some possible ideas to consider, if you are one of the unlucky few:

Apply for another temporary work visa. Some possible other visas you can consider are the O-1 visa or the J visa

Return to school. Although not an economically feasible alternative, this option will allow you to take more classes such as English learning or another training or certificate program.

Work in an international office for your company. The option of working with another law office can be permissible, but you may have to get a visa, if you are not a citizen of that country.

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