Yet another H1b Visa Question

Old Aug 16th 2016, 1:09 am
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Hi all, new to the sight and just wanted qualification of something. I think this is probably a quick yes or no...

Quick background: I am a 28 year old British Army Captain with a Masters Degree in a science subject.

My reading so far indicates that
1. I can't transfer directly to any of the American forces and in fact I can't enlist at all without at least a Green Card.
2. My Masters Degree doesn't give me enough credibility to apply for any other type of visa unless it were combined with further science employment - which I don't have.
3. Therefore, my only option for work in the USA would be to secure an offer of employment and convince a US employer that they want me enough to sponsor my H1B Visa application.

I am just looking for confirmation from somone with experience that I am getting the gist.

I never realised emigrating would be so hard... I'd be in good shape for Australia or Canada through my forces connection, the USA is far more prescriptive!
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Old Aug 16th 2016, 1:25 am
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You are pretty much correct, but bear in mind that unless you're hired by an educational institution/ non-profit which would give you access to "uncapped" H-1B's, the H-1B will be subject to the cap on visas issued, which has two results.

(i) based on the 2016 figures, you'll have a barely better than 1 in 4 chance of getting a visa, and

(ii) applications are accepted in the first week in April for a start in October of the same year, so you need to find an employer to sponsor you, who is willing to wait 6-18 months for you to start work, and accept that there is a close to 75% chance you won't even get a visa anyway! ..... And you're competing for jobs against US residents who can start work in 2-3 weeks and with no visa & legal costs.

Getting hired in the UK/ outside the US, and transferred by an employer is perhaps more likely, though still a huge challenge.

A further course of study, while expensive, would get your feet on the ground with a chance to network, and do a limited period of "practical training" (upto 12 months of "work experience"). It would also give you socializing opportunities if you aren't married or otherwise attached.

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Thanks Pulaski, that's great information. I was considering buisness school or another masters using my savings to reestablish myself so I suppose that's still an option... but I don't think I'll be making it across the pond anytime soon. And a bit of study, stability and socialising after 6 years of being thrashed round the UK and abroad doesn't sound like too much of a drama to be honest!

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Go to Australia or Canada instead
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Old Aug 25th 2016, 7:23 pm
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I'm currently in the holding pattern for an H1b cap visa. It's taken my prospective employer since January, and a fortune in immigration attorney fees so far to get to the 'in the queue' stage.
I'm leaving the army soon (as a Sgt) and the uncertainty is crippling!
Best thing to do is check what they have a shortage of and maybe retrain? You have a science based degree, why not look at physiotherapist (shortage of those) Can officers use the Army skills offer?
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Gundoc, good to hear you're pushing forward and I hope it all works out!

I was considering retraining (and physio was actually on the list after I finally met a good one!) - my RAO thinks my best bet is to try and use my ELCs to do it, but apparently the system is about to change to mean I'll get less cash out of the scheme (only 7.5 years service at LDIU). I'll check out what else there is career shortage wise but the proven route for most of my cohort seems to have been straight out into big multinationals and then asking for transfer to one of the offices in the states when the opportunity arises (pretty unlikely to all fall into place in the grand scheme I think).

Did you retrain or pick up something experience based for work?

(Also, a Uni physio course with people a decade younger would make me feel like a creepy old man - wish there was an opportunity to rebadge American like there is Aussie style)
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I'll check out what else there is career shortage wise but the proven route for most of my cohort seems to have been straight out into big multinationals and then asking for transfer to one of the offices in the states when the opportunity arises (pretty unlikely to all fall into place in the grand scheme I think).
Big multi's like Chase take staff to the US if you can get in on their staff high enough in the UK (mainly under JPMorgan brand there in London and Bournemouth). They also have signed up to something that has promised to hire a large amount of VETS over the next few years - so they are pretty good with that sort of thing too and you would have brownie points for that up your sleeve.
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