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In a recent blog post on LinkedIn, John Egan discusses the economic impact international students are having in the United States. Check it out here:Continue
In a well-thought-out opinion piece in the UH Manoa newspaper Ka Leo o Hawaii, Claudia Lara takes a stand on the contentious issue of how to respond to…Continue
HISC Editor John Robert Egan's post on the H-1B Visa Lottery was featured on Tech Hui, Hawaii's high tech online networking community website. Half of all applicants were disappointed as the quota of 85,000 available visas were divided among over 172,000…Continue
Pro-immigration reform advocates are pointing to a new report showing that more foreign students studying in American colleges and universities are pursuing…Continue
While Hawaii seems to be lagging in attracting International Students, the trend across the U.S. is towards sharply increasing enrollments. Why? April Xiaoyu Xu gives her reasons in…Continue
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As immigration lawyers we rarely deal with International Students' issues while they are in their academic curriculum years; the International Student Services office on-campus handles most of those situations. Still, each year we get a few panicked phone calls from students studying in Hawaii, but stuck abroad, unable to get back to the U.S. from a trip overseas. They are missing some part of their paperwork, and need help to square this away, and get back in time for their next class session.
An article in the Voice of America Student Union presents some solid advice for F-1 students who are traveling internationally, and it sums up what we end up advising those panicked callers. Take a look: http://blogs.voanews.com/student-union/2015/03/31/traveling-outside-the-u-s-dont-forget-your-forms/
Posted by John Robert Egan on October 6, 2015 at 1:59pm
The H-1B employment visa is issued through a lottery system, with odds that have grown increasingly poor as the number of applications has swelled in recent years and the number of visas has stayed the same. The H-1B is aimed at “specialty occupations,” mainly in technology, engineering, and general business.
But as John Byrne writes for Pulse on LinkedIn, outsourcing firms, mostly from India, have gamed the system, sucking up massive numbers of visas to bring in cheap foreign workers for U.S. companies such as Disney – leaving foreign graduates of U.S. university programs to face increasingly poor odds in the visa lottery.
The outsourcing business model is both freezing quality job applicants out of the visa market and giving the visa system a bad name at the same time.
Posted by John Robert Egan on July 1, 2015 at 12:46pm
American composer George Gershwin famously wrote that in the Summertime "the livin' is easy" - but many international students wouldn't agree. Summer coursework, research assistantships, travel to and from the home country and finally sorting through the academic year's accumulated paperwork can leave international students feeling a little less than rested when the Fall semester begins. You wouldn't be blamed for taking an afternoon off and going for some beach time.
There is one thing you might want to add to your summer "to-do" list though. Summer is a good time to review your post-graduation immigration planning, gather up-to-date information, and check your progress against your benchmarks. Are you thinking about working in the U.S. after graduation? Utilizing your Optional Practical Training opportunity? Starting a new business? Trying for an H-1B visa?
The Immigration Lawyers at MigrationCounsel.com are also working our way through the summer, and we are here to help with useful information and answers to your questions. There are two remaining Visa Information Workshops this summer, July 6 and August 3, where you can come in and ask any immigration question you have. Still here, and still free. So don't let the summer pass you by without making progress on you planning. We're here to help. More info here:
Posted by John Robert Egan on June 25, 2015 at 2:30pm
Hi all,I think my case is quite unfortunate. I'd like to bring it up here so other international students are aware.I am on first-year H-1B from a cap-exempt university(A) and received a job offer…Continue
Started by Amanda H. Last reply by Amanda H Apr 19, 2013.
By now everybody who is interested in H-1B visas knows that the USCIS has closed applications for this year, having received enough applications to use up the entire quota by June 11, 2012. This…Continue
Started by John Robert Egan. Last reply by Amanda H Apr 16, 2013.
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down a proposed law that would provide additional visas to international students graduating from U.S. universities with…Continue
Started by John Robert Egan Sep 23, 2012.