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Don’t Let Your Immigration Status Stop You From Getting Hired In The U.S.

Introducing The International PhD Community By Cheeky Scientist

If you are an international PhD who wants to work in the United States (U.S.), the International PhD Community, or IPC for short, will ensure you get sponsored by a U.S. company and hired into a top U.S. job. The IPC program leaders are from the top 3 U.S. immigration legal firms and will help you choose the right visa path for your specific situation, keep you updated on weekly changes to the U.S. immigration law, and provide unlimited consultations and answers to your questions (without having to pay for legal help). As a member, you will also get a 10% discount on any and all of your immigration paperwork fees for life.

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Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Medical Writer, Clinical Affairs
Agilent

I learned, in networking, not to expect anything back right away, but to focus on adding value. I also learned how to initiate informational interviews with other Cheeky Scientist members and also outside of the group. I'm still learning from the group.

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Fermentation Scientist II
Lygos

As a postdoc and a person who has a family I can't just be careless with the money I spend, so I had to put a lot of thought into [joining the Association]. I was on the edge, but I thought "go for it". All I can say now is, it was worth it. The Cheeky Scientist Association private group is, I would say, invaluable. The modules are amazing, they're always growing.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

About The International PhD Community

IPC is the only program specifically for international PhDs and designed specifically by (1) top U.S. immigration lawyers and (2) international PhDs currently working in industry. As soon as you become an IPC member, you get access to the IPC training dashboard, which includes 20+ training videos, 12 advanced training workbooks, interviews with top Medical international PhDs currently working in industry, and an exclusive collection of resumes from international PhDs currently working in industry. You also get lifetime access to a private job referral network of immigration lawyers, legal consultants, and international PhDs working in industry. You will get instant feedback from these professionals 24/7 on any visa and job search-related question so you can get hired in the U.S. now.

Check Out The Targeted Guidance The International PhD Community Provides...

Module #1 Visa Options – Part 1 Visa Options – Part 2

You know you want to work in the industry, but you aren’t sure how to bridge the gap between your current F-1 status and getting the visa you need. We’ll cut through the confusion and cover…

  • What types of visas are available to international PhDs. Starting with F-1 visas we’ll provide a broad overview of the different ways international PhDs can stay in the US…and in the industry. From OPTs to EB-1s, we’ll help you simplify your options.
  • How to get your OPT and the benefits the OPT STEM Extension can provide. In this module, you’ll understand the difference between these two types of OPTs. We’ll also explain a bit about the J-1 Visa—who it is for..as well as a pitfall you’ll want to avoid.
  • Essential facts on H-1B visas and O visas, such as the H-1B visa cap and what’s required when it comes to qualifying for an O visa.
  • What an L-1 visa is and when an L-1 visa is best for your credentials. We’ll also explain the difference between the L-1A and the L-1B…including its implications on your family or working in a new office.
  • How EB-1 and EB-2 visas open the door to a Green Card status. Discover the two types of EB visas you should know about as an international PhD.

Module #2 F-1 Visas J-1 Visas

Get the scoop on both F-1 and J-1 visas—both of which are viable options for international PhDs transitioning to employment in the US. From requirements to timelines, this module covers…

  • An overview of your current F-1 status. Your training material will discuss the implication of your F-1 visa on work decisions, family members, and full-time student status. Discover how to transition from your student F-1 to an OPT.
  • Information to know about the STEM OPT Extension. We’ll explain the requirements you need to meet for securing this 24-month extension of your OPT, including everything from why your employer needs to be enrolled in E-Verify to why you need a training program.
  • The J-1 visa and implications for long-term residency. Discover what a J-1 two-year foreign exchange residency requirement means for your long-term career goals and why it impacts your ability to apply for a Green Card or H-1B.
  • The 5 bases for receiving a waiver of the two-year residency requirement. Get information on the “No Objection” statement as well as the documentation you’ll need to pursue the waiver.
    Guidance on whether to pursue the J-1 Visa for your post doc…or if you should pursue a cap-exempt H-1B.

Module #3 H-1B Visas – Part 1 H-1B Visas – Part 2

Walk away armed with the knowledge you need to transition from your F-1 status into an industry position with employer sponsorship. Instead of feeling trapped by USCIS regulations, understand how to explain the process to your employer. In this module, we’ll cover…

  • What documents you need for the H-1B, when to start the application process, and more. We’ll also give you a key tip if you’ll regularly travel overseas during the duration of your H-1B.
  • What process your future employer will undergo. We’ll explain the H-1B petition process and what it means for your employer…as well as what organizations fall into the visa cap category and what organizations don’t.
  • What happens on April 1 and how the USCIS H-1B lottery works. Remove confusion surrounding the H-1B selection process, and discover the advantage you possess by holding a PhD from a US school. You’ll also learn a viable option to stay in the US if you aren’t selected in the H-1B lottery.
  • What to do if you change employers. We’ll discuss transitioning to a different organization and how long your H-1B status will last.

Module #4 Employment-Based Categories: EB-1 Employment-Based Categories: EB-2

Even when you’ve secured a H-1B or other non-immigrant visa, that’s not the ultimate goal. For most international PhDs in the US, securing a Green Card is the best way to support long-term career goals. In this module, we’ll cover…

  • The two types of routes best suited for advanced degree holders. If you don’t have family members in the US, discover how you can leverage your academic credentials to receive a Green Card.
  • The criteria for meeting the EB-1 category and the EB-2 category. We’ll lay out the requirements for both categories so you can see which best aligns with your background and credentials.
  • Major differences between an EB-1 and EB-2. Understand the distinctions between both visas so you can thoughtfully consider the pros and cons of pursuing either option.
  • The National Interest Waiver (NIW). Discover how you can ask the USCIS to waive the employment requirement of the EB-2 visa.

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Build Your Industry Career In An Exciting New Location

If you are an international PhD who wants to work in the United States (U.S.), this program will ensure you get sponsored by a U.S. company and hired into a top U.S. job. The IPC program leaders are from the top 3 U.S. immigration legal firms and will help you choose the right visa path for your specific situation, keep you updated on weekly changes to the U.S. immigration law, and provide unlimited consultations and answers to your questions (without having to pay for legal help).

You will get clear instructions on exactly how to get U.S employers to hire you. This is the only program specifically for international PhDs and designed specifically by (1) top U.S. immigration lawyers and (2) international PhDs currently working in industry.

Success Stories

Disharee Nath, PhD

Disharee Nath, PhD

Associate Medical Director
Cambridge BioMarketing

Cheeky Scientist was instrumental for me. I got a lot of guidelines for how to get started, and the biggest decision for me was to make it my priority. Having a very specific set of goals made it easier to focus and put my entire energy into it.

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Adwait Ranade, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Sterling Pharma Solutions

I wanted to change my current job and I had been trying for at least the last six to seven months. I had applied, applied, applied, gone through all the people I know, contacted them, forwarded my resume. I had done every possible thing, applied for 90 or 100 jobs and had not heard back from a single position. I really learned a lot from Cheeky Scientist--how to prevent yourself in an interview situation, what to answer and what not to answer. The most helpful part for me was the salary negotiation guidance, which was phenomenal.

Brent Ware, PhD

Brent Ware, PhD

Medical Device Analyst
Medtronic

I think my biggest "aha moment" [after joining the Association] was that companies are looking for what the PhD means, and not the PhD itself. They're looking for people that can solve problems, who can manage projects, manage time, manage people, something that we're used to as PhD students every day.

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Deepak Kumar, PhD

Advanced Application Engineer (Bioinformatics)
Agilent Technologies

First of all, the resume template that we get from Cheeky Scientist is absolutely amazing. The moment I did that change, I started getting results. I started getting calls from interviewers. Every third or fourth day, I had an interview.

Julie Goulet, PhD

Julie Goulet, PhD

Data Scientist
Ludwig-Maximilians Üniversität München

[Joining the Cheeky Scientist Association] helped me a lot to meet people. It was really good to meet people, to speak about our challenges. We had a meetup in Munich recently, five of us who had all already transitioned, so it was really interesting. I think it helps to get other points of views, to get the perspectives of others.

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Bibhudatta Mishra, PhD

Clinical Trial Coordinator

Before coming to this field I didn't really know what an MSL was. The MSLA program was excellent because it's not just like any other program on the internet. It's a group of like-minded, positive-minded people, MSLs in big companies. The MSLA group is so supportive. If you have a question, just type it in and a hundred MSLA members will jump in.

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Stephanie Munroe, PhD

Medical Writer - Informed Consent Specialist
Merck

I want to thank the CSA team since I never would have made it to this point without you! I have been a member since Jan 2018 and began seriously applying to positions in June, so it took me about 3 months and 3 interviews before finding the right fit.

Emil Chuck, PhD

Emil Chuck, PhD

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

I joined Cheeky Scientist a few months before I actually left my position, and a lot of things that did come out from Cheeky did help me bear the impact of leaving a very good job, and help tie me over to what I'm doing now. You just have to learn to trust yourself that this isn't the right place to be, so get out as soon as you can.

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Sarah Hurst, PhD

Technical Writer
CBTS

CSA helped me realize all the transferable skills I had, like writing, mentoring, leadership, and administration. Until it was presented to me in the Association, I didn't realize what skillsets I had that maybe other people didn't have. That was huge.

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Paul Mlynarczyk, PhD

Melting Technology Engineer
Corning

As many of you PhDs have experienced, there's really not much guidance as to how to structure your resume for industry. That was one challenge for sure, because after uploading my resume in its previous form I usually didn't get any kind of response. Knowing how to tailor a resume to a specific position was a big challenge, but...after taking care of that it becomes a lot easier.

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Trinh Nguyen, PhD

Medical Science Liaison at
Biotheranostics, Inc.

Here I am with an offer for an MSL position. Words can not describe the rewarding feeling you have when you finally land the job that you have always wanted. This has been quite a journey, with many challenges and rejections, but being persistent and focusing on my goal has led me here. Special thanks to my MSLA comrades [in CSA].

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Aimee Vozenilek, PhD

Scientist
Meso Scale Diagnostics

I've gone to so many great meetups where I've gotten great pieces of advice that I've been able to implement, they've introduced me to people who have been crucial in keeping me motivated and focused during my job search. It's really encouraging, when it's a difficult time in your career and you're not sure how to move forward, to have all these people cheering you on.

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Lilly Jin Xu, PhD

Medical Writer, Clinical Affairs
Agilent

I learned, in networking, not to expect anything back right away, but to focus on adding value. I also learned how to initiate informational interviews with other Cheeky Scientist members and also outside of the group. I'm still learning from the group.

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Keerthi Srinivas, PhD

Fermentation Scientist II
Lygos

As a postdoc and a person who has a family I can't just be careless with the money I spend, so I had to put a lot of thought into [joining the Association]. I was on the edge, but I thought "go for it". All I can say now is, it was worth it. The Cheeky Scientist Association private group is, I would say, invaluable. The modules are amazing, they're always growing.

Robert Hable, PhD

Robert Hable, PhD

PhD LDP
BASF

I was very stuck in academia. My mental health was at its lowest point - I had a hopeless mindset. CSA gave me hope that there was more outside of academia. The Association provided a great road map to career success.

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72% increase in number of international PhD students and postdocs in U.S. university programs in the past 15 years
Only 7% of EB visas can go toward any one nation.
$5000+ cost of hiring an immigration lawyer
= number of foreign-born PhD students in the U.S. vs U.S.-born
76% of foreign-born noncitizen recipients of U.S. Science & Engineering doctorates planned to stay in the United States. This number increases every year (NSF)
7% of H1-B visas given to PhDs vs other degrees (DHS/USCIS 2017)

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