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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by queeniequick View Post
This is super helpful, Retzie, THANK YOU 🙏🏼
The HB1 uncapped sounds like a plan, with view for employer to engage a green card for me prior to my children reaching age 21. This would allow me to then sponsor them to stay.
The EB2 sounds nice but unlikely. The J1 doesn’t fit.

On the HB1, it’s not a problem to have spouse and kids not working provided I can earn enough for us all to live.
Eldest son with health needs may not join us anyway, but if he did, his only health need is receiving regular prescription medication. I shouldn’t imagine that would be an issue?

Now to get a JOB!
Note that if your son wanted to join you after turning 21, it would involve a whole different procedure.
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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 12:43 am
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Postdocs can be H-1B. But is unlikely that they would give you that instead of a J-1 just because you ask, and convincing the boss to get you a green card on a postdoctoral may be a considerable challenge. Most are indeed J-1. One benefit of staying in academia is that the health plans are usually quite good. However, the competitiveness mentioned above should not be underestimated. Completing a postdoctoral in the states would certainly help with the networking. Salary can be anywhere between terrible and awesome. A few different options might then open up if you can stand out from the crowd, such as the O-1 visa, but it would be hard to plan to that goal at this stage.
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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 12:50 am
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Originally Posted by retzie View Post
Nonetheless, it's worth asking around. At least in my field (maths), the US market is much more tractable than anywhere in Europe.




I would categorically rule out school teaching in the US for the breadwinner/visa-getter. The understaffing is usually directly linked to awful pay and conditions (look up the press coverage of the recent Oklahoma strike). And as others have noted, schools will be very averse to spending money on hiring foreigners.




Nope. So even if they have the cash, you will just hit the H-1B lottery wall.


Overall, I would say now is an excellent time to start talking through your options with people in your network. A PhD will make you more internationally mobile than you might otherwise have been, and you may well discover other options that haven't even occurred to you. Whatever the case, starting to map out the steps will help give some shape to your ideas
My field is the arts. Nightmare field for oversubscription.
A friend of mine works for the local schools district and they’re actively recruiting staff from the Philippines to fill the vacancies, so they must need visas and be willing to speculate on them?
The ‘lottery wall’ - what is this? Do you mean it’s capped? (Only April application point/October start?) or something else?
I’ve heard horror stories about the school system so this enquiry is very much with caution.
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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 1:01 am
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Originally Posted by AdobePinon View Post
Postdocs can be H-1B. But is unlikely that they would give you that instead of a J-1 just because you ask, and convincing the boss to get you a green card on a postdoctoral may be a considerable challenge. Most are indeed J-1.
Indeed, I was offered an H-1B for a postdoc (I took an E-3 instead). There just wouldn't be much point for the OP, as an H-4 can't work, while a J-2 can. It also starts the 6-year H clock ticking, which is not a great idea if you don't yet have a line on a permanent position. So, J-1 is the smarter option.

Speaking of which, you can't get a green card on the basis of postdoctoral employment. Some people manage to self-petition at this point in their career (e.g., NIW), but for EB-2 sponsorship, the position needs to be ongoing.


Originally Posted by queeniequick View Post
My field is the arts. Nightmare field for oversubscription.
Ah... Well, as much as we can seem doom and gloom around here, don't forget the BE catch cry: "Your chances are zero if you don't apply!"

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The ‘lottery wall’ - what is this? Do you mean it’s capped? (Only April application point/October start?) or something else?
Sorry, not a technical term at all. I just meant the kind of wall you beat your head against
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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 1:10 am
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Thanks again.

A permanent job and green card for family is the end game all said and done.
Regarding ‘lottery wall’ comments - did you mean to day H1B uncapped does apply to high school jobs or doesn’t? (Just to clarify)
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As for your son's needs: If he really just needs medication, that may not be a show-stopper. But does he need regular attention from a specialist? (Note: treatment protocol may be very different here to the UK!) Have a search for some of user GeoffM's experiences with his child's needs. I'm not saying it will apply to your case, but you should definitely look into it.
Appreciated.

A quick summary as I'm sure I've bored everybody to death. 10 year old son, Asperger's, special ed at school, on something like 4 medications a day (it changes...). One is included so no additional cost; all his others are only about $10 each on our insurance, but one he was on previously was something like $60 a month. But the kicker is we have to see a doctor an hour away every month to get a refill because one is a controlled substance and the doctor likes his income from patient visits. I recently saw a comment that mental health issues cost parents something like $10,000 per year - that's additional to everyday costs for insurance (premiums, copays, deductibles, etc). No small sum if you're a lecturer on $45,000pa before tax (though at that ratio you'd get some tax breaks on it).
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did you mean to day H1B uncapped does apply to high school jobs or doesn’t? (Just to clarify)
Sorry, school jobs will be subject to the cap. Here is the exact wording (link):

Originally Posted by 31.3 H1-B Classification and Documentary Requirements

31.3(g)(13) The numerical limitations contained in paragraph (1)(A) shall not apply to any nonimmigrant alien issued a visa or otherwise provided status under section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) who -

(A) is employed (or has received an offer of employment) at an institution of higher education (as defined in section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 1001(a)), or a related or affiliated nonprofit entity;


(B) is employed (or has received an offer of employment) at a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization.
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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 5:28 am
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Re the OPs question on Filipino workers. Under an agreement between USA and the Philippines, Filipino citizens may apply for either an EB3 (Skilled, professional) or a General work visa. Sorry, their potential employer applies for them. All applications MUST be made through an authorised Overseas Employment Agency registered with the Philippine government. The EB3 mainly applies to nurses etc and is an immigrant visa leading to a green card. The General visa is a non immigrant visa for up to 3 years , and can be extended but does not lead to the possibility of a green card or citizenship.
A similar scheme applies to the UK for certain professions - nurses, carers etc - and again application is through authorised agencies. The UK visa is normally time limited but can be extended. There are literally hundreds of jobs advertised here for Filipinos to work overseas. The North yorkshire Health Trust is currently advertising for 125 nurses with a salary of £1500 per month, plus visas and single airfare to UK. This salary is roughly 8/10 times a nurse makes here so you can see the attraction!
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Old Apr 22nd 2018, 8:41 am
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As someone who works in healthcare Hospital/Nursing Facility combined that information explains why we have so many Filipino nurses. I wasn’t aware of that.
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Old May 25th 2018, 4:13 am
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I have a UK teaching qualification. Although I hear salaries are low. I thought this might give me more employment options in the location I’m aiming for. Nevada is notoriously understaffed with teachers.
One of my good friends was a teacher in Clark County for years but has now left. There's a reason there's a shortage of teachers in NV and it's not just the wages. Terrible school system to work in.
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