Safest path for international students
I am an international student on an F-1 visa. I am aware that getting sponsored from US companies is hard, yet I am confident in my ability to get an offer. My question is: what is the next step? If I get an H-1b visa, what should I undertake next in order to be as safe as possible about my future in the US? #immigration #international-students #visas
Assuming you get H1-B Visa- I would think about whether I want to pursue further education (masters/mba), and if yes, would highly recommend doing it within the STEM field. If not, keep renewing your H1B until your company applies for your green card. **There have been issues in the past where people are unable to renew their H1-B for whatsoever reasons**
Assuming you don't get an H1B- I would think about back-up options like going back to school for Masters, or asking your company if they can relocate you to a different country where they have an office, and later they can eventually bring you back to the US on a different visa category.
This is too much to think at the moment and I'm sure it would be overwhelming. For now, I would suggest you to focus on landing a job, and once you do that, be transparent about your situation with your company and ask them as to how can they help/support you.
Best of luck!
Paul V.’s Answer
Also, I know you asked about 'future' in the US, but one roundabout way people often talk about is applying for permanence residency then citizenship in Canada. After 5-6 years, you will be a Canadian citizen & you will be able to work in the US.