Do you want to know what happens if your H1B Visa is not selected in Lottery? You could be facing, uncertainty, anger and possible depression.
There are so many graduates from US Universities (including my close friend) who were not selected in H1B Visa lottery in April, 2013 are facing the exact same problem faced by Rudolf (described below).
Rudolf, a recent Cornell graduate currently in his post-degree 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, is faced with an uncertain future because of the U.S. immigration system. You see, Rudolf’s employer filed an H-1B application for him earlier this year, but the application is part of a lottery drawing due to the annual cap on the number of H-1B visas available. If he’s not selected, he will have to leave the United States and return to Germany, his country of citizenship.
However, he has little connection to Germany and doesn’t speak German, since he was raised in Syria. But he can’t go back to Syria either; he lost his residency status there because he hasn’t been back since the civil war started. Recent graduates in STEM fields have the option to pursue OPT for up to 29 months; had such a benefit been extended to those in non-STEM fields, or had OPT holders not been subject to the H-1B cap, Rudolf would be able to stay in the United States longer and put his talent to use here. With immigration reform, we’ll be able to attract and keep the best workers our country needs. - Elizabeth Shedd, Coordinator, Cornell University International Students & Scholars office
Above story was in an email from NAFSA.org.
You could have spent lot of money, time and energy to come to United States for Higher Education, but you are still at the mercy of random lottery selection to get H1B visa.
I’m trying to get my friend to share her story here in the blog. But, couldn’t convince her yet.
Lot’s of provision’s of Senate’s Immigration bill will solve this H1B visa uncertainty. But, there could be delay in U.S. House in considering, passing the Immigration bill. Learn how a bill becomes a law in USA.
So, what can you do about this situation?
Speak Out. Take part and share your story.
Schedule to meet your member of Congress and his/her staff during is one of the most effective ways to share real-life stories about how the current immigration system is failing people like Rudolf and my friend and several others.
Some are worried if speaking out will come back affect them in future.
That’s assumption is incorrect. See what happens as result of people meeting with congress member.
From the email..
As a result of questions from people attending town hall events, we’ve found that Congressmen like Aaron Schock and Daniel Webster now support a pathway to citizenship as part of commonsense immigration reform. This is big news! You could be a part of this too by asking your representative about his/her stance on immigration and encouraging support for commonsense reform.
Visit the “Speak Out – Take it to the House” campaign page to access a list of town hall events scheduled in your area.
Before you attend the town hall, be sure to watch a video by super advocate Ashley Johnson on how to prepare,.
Download the list of sample questions you can take it with you to ask your representative.
Lastly, ask your colleague, friend, family member, or student impacted by immigration to attend with you.
Reach out to me, if you have a story to share about H1b visa lottery.
Share this link with your Facebook Friends. This should reach several students and H1B visa holders.