Welcome to another Episode of Happy Schools Podcast.
Today is Friday and topic covered is Immigration. We tackler the following question today from Ekta about H4 to H1B transfer options and which route to take.
I came to USA 3 months back, currently on H4 Visa, I am planning to study for a year, then do my OPT and then get EAD. We don’t have a approved I-140 or 6 years H1B. Now my question is, Can I complete my studies and apply for OPT being on H4 Visa or I have to change from H4 to F1 to apply for OPT?
Basically my aim is to start working in USA full time and i am having difficulty finding H1B sponsor because I am from a HR background, not from technical. Please help me understand.
H4 to H1B Transfer (via F1 or Direct H1B)
Listen to the show for answer to the above question and how we deal with fixing broken things around our home.
Here’s some related links to learn more on the same topic about H-4 Visa Holders.
- 6 Options for H-4 Visa Holders : Work to Education
- Study in H4 Visa or F1 Visa? 3 Options with Pros and Cons
- Guide – Optional Practical Training
Studying in H4 visa comes with it’s own set of challenges. It becomes harder when you have kids to go back to school. I have seen many H-4 visa holders waiting for EAD for H-4 Visa rule to be published, so they can look for jobs.
Job market is pretty brutal when you have few years of gap between the jobs or even tough when you don’t have any work experience and have several years gap between your college graduation and job search.
Even if the EAD for H-4 Visa rules, passes, if you don’t have recent work experience or education, it could be tough to get back into work force.
Finding an H1B visa sponsor for H4 to H1B transfer is not easy as it sounds. If you are from Non-IT fields, it’s almost impossible to convince an consultant to apply for H-1B Visa.
Over to You
I have made some improvements to this episode. Here’s some changes
- Blue Snow Ball Mic for recording using Audacity application (instead of RODE iPhone app with Rode Lav mic ).
- Added Tags and Art Work for the Episode
- Smaller File Size.
What did you think about this Episode and the podcast in general?