Stay back options for International Students in US
Students look at the US as a study destination that will give wings to their dreams and aspirations. As a student studying for an undergraduate or post graduate degree in in the US education system , in an ideal scenario would be get a job as you graduate from campus. However, this will require planning and making use of opportunities to develop your skills and demonstrate your abilities.
The ideal way to prepare for job opportunities is to do an internship as part of your program. Internships are an ideal way to develop new skills, learn more about your target job, and demonstrate your competencies to an employer. The job you get after finishing your course must be directly related to your field of study. You have to search the job within 90 days after graduation. More than half of our students convert an internship directly into a U.S. job offer.
Optional Practical Training -OPT is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F1 Visa the United States to work up to 12 months in an area related to their major field of study. F-1 visa students are eligible for OPT after completing their first academic year. OPT can be completed both before or after completing your studies, but it’s important to remember that you are only allowed to work 12 months total.
International students, who are F-1 visa holders, and have completed degrees in certain fields namely, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for a 24-month extension for post-graduation completion of OPT employment.
If you’re an F-1 student, you can get U.S. work rights via Curricular Practical Training (CPT), which is a component of your academic program. CPT internships are in support of your learning, and you will earn course credit as part of them. To demonstrate your learning, you’ll be required to complete a project or assignment in conjunction with the internship.
After 12 months, your OPT expires. At this point you need to switch to an employer-sponsored visa. The most common employer-sponsored visa for the U.S. is the H1B visa, which is tied to a specific job. To be eligible, you will need to be recruited by a sponsoring employer. Your employer needs to submit your application to the U.S. lottery, which takes place every April. An employer can only apply once a year, so if the deadline is missed, you’ll need to wait until the following year.
Only 85,000 visas are issued each year. Due to the large number of applications, demand usually exceeds supply. Depending on the year, between 30% and 50% of applicants receive a visa, which typically becomes effective four or five months after the lottery. You’re not eligible to work until your visa is issued, so unless you’re already working in the U.S. on another visa like OPT, you will need to remain in your home country. Your H1B visa also provides entry into the U.S.
H1B visa is awarded by lottery are typically associated with skilled, “specialty occupations” like those in science, accounting, data analytics, medicine, specialized product development, computer science, and engineering.
There are also non-lottery H1Bs for employees in the nonprofit sector. An eligible nonprofit can be a company, educational or research institution, hospital, or government institution. You can explore this option if you’re seeking employment with a nonprofit. Of course, to be eligible for permanent residency in US, one needs to start the process of getting a American Green Card, step towards becoming a US citizen
Students can get in touch with our relationships team should you require more information regarding these work options for international students.