Recent Graduates

ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER

  • Learn to navigate the challenging immigration landscape as you build your career in the US.

  • Engage with other international students to learn how they manage situations/circumstances like your own.

  • Form long-lasting connections that will serve you well in the future, no matter what country you find yourself in.

  • Share your story and experiences to help guide other students.

  • Sign up to mentor an international student.

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NETWORKING, RESUMES & COVER LETTERS

For information about, Effective Networking Strategies, Resumes and Cover letters, visit the "Current Students" page.

OPT/STEM OPT

See the resources section for more information on OPT/STEM OPT.

H-1B VISA

  • Initially granted for up to three years, but can be renewed for a total of six years.

  • Non-profits, research, and educational institutions are able to secure H-1bs not subject to the yearly quota of 85000.

  • Petitioned by an employer on behalf of the international employee.

  • Employers submit registrations during a registration period from March 1 - 20 for a fee of $10.

  • USCIS conducts a lottery of all registrations received and notifies employers which candidates have been selected. 

  • Employers have a 90-day period beginning April 1 to file a complete H-1B petition on behalf of their selected beneficiaries. 

  • NOTE:  For students on OPT, the employer will need to file a complete H-1B petition with a change of status requesting an employment start date of October 1 before the OPT period ends in order for the OPT work authorization to be extended through September 30.

PERMANENT RESIDENCY

For detailed information about employer-sponsored green card, read this DOCUMENT that captures the steps, time, and monetary costs incurred in the process

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & PASSIVE INCOME

  • Rent out a room.

  • Investing in the US stock market.

  • Enter competitions that offer cash prizes.

  • Write manuscripts to submit to other countries.

  • Consider volunteering opportunities with incentives/ rewards