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US Green Card Process Steps and Stages for EB1, EB2 and EB3

April 27, 2017

In this article (and video), you can learn about the Green Card Process and various steps involved for EB1, EB2 and EB3 category. You may be applying for Green Card…

Dropbox – US Visa Interview Program Waiver in India for F1, H1B, L1 Visa

April 26, 2017

US Visa Interview Waiver or Dropbox program was introduced in 2012. Since then several thousands of US visa interview applicants have utilized the dropbox in India. Note: If you qualify for…

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$100,000+ Jobs for Data Analytics Graduates – Interview with Professor Max Kilger from UTSA

April 23, 2017

Masters in Data Analytics is the trend among Masters Degree. Over 90% of applicants for Masters Degree in Computer Science Graduates who came for my F1 Visa Coaching were going…

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6 Reasons to Join GRE Coaching Classes. You Won’t Agree to #3

April 23, 2017

Do I really need to attend GRE Coaching class to get a good score in GRE Test? Well, first of all, this article – How to select the best GRE…

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Reform H1B Visa (& More)

April 18, 2017

President Trump signed the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order(EO) today. One of the key pieces of the Executive Order is to reform the H1B Visa program. There are so many…

USCIS Memo: Computer Programmer Would Not Generally Qualify for H1B Visa

April 4, 2017

I just completed a Facebook Live video to discuss the impact of the new memo from USCIS about “an entry-level computer programmer position would not generally qualify as a position in…

I Moved to USA for 11th Grade and Journey to Bachelors Degree – Interview with Niraja From UTSA

April 3, 2017

Nirja was studying 11th grade in Nepal. Then her family immigrated to the USA. She had to move to USA in the month of February (in the middle of High…

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F1 Visa Interview Hyderabad 2017 – Shortest and Weirdest

March 23, 2017

You must be wondering why do I have a picture of a car for a blog post about  F1 Visa Interview Experience in Hyderabad 2017. Trust me, there’s a very…

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H1B Visa Premium Processing is Suspended for 6 Months

March 3, 2017

H1B Visa Premium Processing is suspended for up to 6 months by USCIS starting April 3, 2017.  Let me highlight the following: Only Premium Processing for H1B Visa is suspended. This…

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F1 Visa Interview for Attending High School in USA (& 5 Lessons Learned)

February 20, 2017

I found F1 Visa for High School interview experience while digging the archives for unpublished articles, experiences shared by readers. I didn’t realize, I missed this F1 Visa interview for…

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H1B Visa: $130k Salary vs Trump vs Travel Outside USA

February 3, 2017

Oh My! What’s going on with the President Trump’s Executive Order, Travel Ban and ever growing rumors of H1B Visa Restrictions, minimum salary of $130,000. I know it’s a lot…

H1B Visa and Minimum Salary of $130,000 – The Real Math

January 31, 2017

$130,000 minimum salary for H1B Visa Applications? Let’s take a deep dive and look at the real numbers by using TCS as an Example. Title: Computer Systems Analyst Location: Tampa,…

H4 EAD and STEM OPT TO be Revoked By President Trump?

January 25, 2017

Update: Dec 2017 Original article about the leaked memo was published in Jan 2017. As per leaked memo STEM OPT and H4 EAD could be revoked. There was a a…

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H1B Visa Bill and Green Card Bills – Latest Updates – Feb 2017

January 23, 2017

President Trump wanted to reform the H1B Visa Process and we have seen  New H1B Visa 100k bill already introduced. We don’t have a clear idea on what to expect from…

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H1B Visa Lottery Lawsuit – Lottery to Be Replaced With Waiting List?

January 9, 2017

What? H1B Visa Lottery Lawsuit? Where did this come from? Just when things are getting crazy with President Trump vs H1B Visa, now we have a pending H1B Visa Lottery…

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ACICS Loss of Accreditation – Options for International F1 Visa Students

January 4, 2017

ACICS Accreditation has been in the news for a while now. On Dec 12, 2016 Department of Education confirmed the Loss of ACICS Accreditation. So, how is this loss of Accreditation going…

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H1B Visa 2018 – Lottery Results and Receipt Numbers

January 2, 2017

H1B Visa 2018 Cap is Reached. Total Applications are 199,000. Details Below in the Timeline section.  This page you will find the following contents: H1B Visa Lottery Guide H1B Visa…

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Are Paying for H1B Visa 2018 Sponsors? Read This Warning First

December 15, 2016

Are your H1B Visa 2018 sponsors a consulting company? Are you paying for H1B Visa Application? If your answer is Yes and Yes. Then continue to read this blog post.…

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Get H1B Visa 2017 Updates, Cap Count, Latest News from USCIS

November 25, 2016

Welcome to H1B Visa 2017 Updates and Latest News Page. What you will find on this page: First Time H1B Visa Applicant? I strongly recommend you read and watch the…

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How to Get F1 Visa After 214(B) Rejection? Interview Experience – Mumbai Consulate

November 22, 2016

This interview (and show) is for going to mesmerize you. I recorded the feedback from one my student who joined F1 Visa Coaching after her visa was rejected for Spring 2017…

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300% Increase in Salary Between Jobs on H1B Visa – Interview With Pritam

October 24, 2016

You are going to be mesmerized when you watch this interview with Pritam Banerjee. I interviewed Pritam in 2012 to promote The University of Texas at Tyler. Since then he has…

The Paper Clip Project: Interview With An Executive MBA Student at UTSA

October 4, 2016

In this video interview, you are going to witness, learn something amazing. It’s called “The Paper Clip Project”. When you go to B-Schools you learn  real world skills, attitude and sales…

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H1B Visa Worker Deported at Port of Entry After CBP Officer Finds Fake Resumes on his White iPhone

October 1, 2016

I came across the transcript of Indian National with H1B Visa deported at Port of Entry at Chicago recently (Sep 2016). The CBP Officer found fake resume with 7 years…

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How to Get F1 Visa Again After Getting Caught Red Handed for Lying?

September 22, 2016

It’s becoming common for F-1 Visa students  lie during F1 Visa Interview. Why? Hoping that the Visa Officer’s are not smart enough (or dumb enough) to  not notice your lie…

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Here’s How I Got a High Paying, Full-Time Job on F1 Visa and Barely Applied for 50 Jobs

September 20, 2016

Let’s start with comparing Swimming with Job Search (The Wrong Way). Assumption: You don’t know how to swim. Yet, you are standing at the edge of a swimming pool that’s 20…

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10 Months. 968 Jobs Applied. 704 No Responses. 12 Interviews. 1 Job Offer – Life of International F1 Student

September 14, 2016

I received an email from Chiranjeevi with his job search journey. The moment I read the email, I knew that it is going to inspire thousands of students who are…

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Admitted With Full Scholarship and Graduated with Multiple Job Offers – Interview with Aqsa

September 13, 2016

There are universities like The University of Texas at San Antonio where students get a great education along with cultural immersion as an International student. Aqsa is one such student from India.…

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Study Bachelors Degree in the U.S. Without SAT or ACT Scores – Interview with Jessica Guiver

September 10, 2016

Please welcome The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to Happy Schools. UTSA is our brand new partner university. In coming weeks, I will be interviewing students from The University of Texas…

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This One Piece of Knowledge Will Get Your F1 Visa Approval

August 8, 2016

Let’s start with a story. I was coaching a student who had two admits out of 15 applications. His GRE Score is just above the average score of 300. But,…

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Two Undergraduate F1 Visa Interviews – 3 Lessons Learned

July 30, 2016

Here’s two undergraduate F-1 Visa Interview Experience as shared by the two students who attended visa interview in recent weeks. And there’s an interesting statement at the end of the…

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Here’s Why I Chose to Study in Canada Over the USA – Interview With Harsha

July 14, 2016

I have to admit here. This is one the BEST Interviews I ever recorded here at Happy Schools. It doesn’t matter where you are in your life. Please spend an…

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How to Avoid Painful Experience as a Student in the U.S. (The Advise Nobody Gave Me)

June 22, 2016

You may have got F1 visa. You may be preparing for F1 Visa. You may be waiting for admission results. You may be waiting for I-20 from your dream school.…

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How Not to Prepare for F1 Visa Interview and a Mini Story [Video]

June 13, 2016

I was reading an F1 Visa interview experience, and it stuck to me that someone applying for Graduate School in the America doesn’t have the skills to answer some basic…

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9 Reasons Why It’s Really Hard to Find a Job on H4 EAD

June 5, 2016

H4 EAD Rule came into effect in May 2015 and spouses on H4 EAD realize that finding a full-time job is a lot harder than they thought. In general, finding…

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What Happens When You are Not Eligible for 7 Months of STEM OPT Extension?

June 3, 2016

What should you do if you are not eligible for 7 Months of STEM OPT Extension? Maybe the questions should be, you are eligible, but you are working as a consultant,…

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F1 Visa Was Rejected Twice on 214(b) – Interview Analysis

May 25, 2016

I applied fto four universities and got an admit from just one university – IIT Chicago for Food Safety and Technology. I attended F1 Visa interview twice and F1 Visa…

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Can you Guess Why Indian Students F1 Visa is Denied Under Section 214b?

May 19, 2016

Do you know why do so many Indian’s U.S. Visa is refused under 214(b) potential Immigrant category? I don’t have an answer.  I bet you don’t know as well. We…

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5 Reasons Why You Are Not Finding a Full Time Job on OPT (or CPT Internship).

May 18, 2016

How to find a Full-Time Job on OPT or even an Internship on CPT? It’s tough. As an International student, things are getting desperate these days to find a job. First…

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4 Problems With 24 Months STEM OPT Extension Application and Form I-983

May 17, 2016

24 Months STEM OPT Extension application process is going to be a pain in the neck for some. Could you share your concerns, problems faced in the comments section? You can…

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F1 Visa Stamp is Valid for 2 Years Not Typical 5 Years. Problems?

May 16, 2016

When you get F-1 Visa approved after F-1 Visa student interview, visa stamp is typically valid for five years. But, there are times where the F1 stamp is expired in…

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Does Consulting Job qualify for 24 Months STEM OPT Extension?

May 12, 2016

24 Months STEM OPT is a Go! May 10, 2016 is here and it’s time to apply for 24 Months STEM OPT Extension. Students on OPT are finding out that…

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500 Jobs Applied and ZERO Interviews – An Indian Students Job Search Journey

May 2, 2016

Success.  I’ve been running behind it without knowing what it actually was. As defined by a typical middle-class Indian above the age of 21, it is the status of a…

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Graduate Research Assistant = 50% Perseverance, 30% University Specific and 20% (Guess?)

April 20, 2016

I’m part of the former, a Graduate Student in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University. I’ve been going through this blog, and while it’s a treasure chest of info, I think…

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J1 to H1B or J1 to F1 to H1B Visa and 2 Year Residency Requirements

April 9, 2016

I spoke to two Happy Schools Readers on the same topic: J1 Visa and 2-Year Residency requirements, and its future impact on the F1 Visa and H1B Visa Application. One…

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I Went to A Consultant for Training. They Offered Classes for “How to Create a Fake Resume”

April 5, 2016

When it come to job search for F1 Visa students, patience is a must. It can take several months before you can get your job after you start looking for…

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#1 Rule to Follow When Writing Your Statement of Purpose for Ph.D

April 4, 2016

One of the more difficult writing skills to learn is how to show rather than tell. When trying to signal to the Admissions Committee that you belong in a Ph.D.…

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H1B Visa 2017 – News, Process and Key Dates

April 1, 2016

Are you excited for New H1B Visa 2017 Cap Season? We are totally excited and happy to help you navigate this new H1B Visa Cap Season for FY 2017.  First…

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How to Approach A Professor for Funding – Interview with Nur Mohammad from Bangladesh (UT Tyler)

March 29, 2016

I would have never assume that banks in Bangladesh don’t give loans for students to Study Abroad. Along with that, I learned several new things about Nur Mohammad. About Nur: Graduate…

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Desi Consulting Companies and Their Dirty Business

March 24, 2016

What do you think about Consultancies here in the U.S.,  who help you get a job and get placed as contractors at client sites? I have written about this in…

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Summary of 24 Months STEM OPT Extension and Key Dates to Remember [Videos]

March 23, 2016

As you can imagine, F-1 Visa students on OPT status have a bunch of questions about applying for 24 months STEM OPT Extension. By now you should have learned from STEM…