According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the demand for H-1B visas alone, which allow U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in special occupations such as STEM, surpassed the available allotment within five days for the fourth consecutive year and hit a record for the number of applications submitted: a total of 236,000, of which 85,000 are granted. Being denied a visa extension or being denied full-time employment is something that many international PhDs will face this year.
The International Education Exchange published the Open Doors report, that showed that the number of foreign students in U.S. university programs has increased 72% in the past 15 years. There are thousands of graduates facing the same challenges you are right now and vying for the same jobs. As an international PhD, you must work harder than other job candidates to get hired in industry. You must learn your visa options and how the visa and Green Card processes work in America. You must get access to special information on how to get industry companies to quickly and easily sponsor you for top job positions. You must also get access to a network of international PhDs working in industry who can help you get hired through mentoring and referrals. Cheeky Scientist’s International PhD Visa Group will give you access to the special information and special network you need to get hired in the U.S. as an international PhD student.
"I know first-hand the struggle that International PhDs face. I was receiving multiple job offers only to have them retracted when they found out I was an international PhD who needed a visa to work in the US. It wasn't until I learned everything there was to know about the immigration process that I was able to get hired. I had to learn all of the important immigration timelines, which pitfalls to avoid, and how to handle visa-related questions during interviews. I networked with other international PhDs and immigration lawyers (without paying them) and was soon hired by an employer who had never hired an international PhD before. If I was able to do it, you can too with the help of the International PhD Community program."
Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D., Senior Analyst at Ovation Diagnostics
"The International PhD Community is much needed training program for anyone who needs a visa to work in the U.S. The program's material is extremely relevant, well summarized and targeted for PhDs looking for visa options in the U.S. Being actively engaged in the private group, I can see how important the International PhD Community program is and I am excited to help more international PhDs get hired into top industry jobs in the U.S. I wish I had joined the International PhD Community sooner!"
Saptashati Biswas, Ph.D., Research Manager at the Nebraska Research Institution
"Like a lot of international PhDs, I had a very bad experience with the U.S. immigration process. I went through a very difficult interview process for a top Application Scientist position at a top Biotech company in Chicago and was given a job offer. The only problem was that my postdoctoral fellowship was ending the next day and therefore, so was my H1-B academic visa. My new industry job was going to start in a month so I decided to travel to my home country to spend some time with family before starting my new job. I did this because the company said it will take less than a month to process my H1-B visa papers. However, just 5 days into my trip, I received an email from the HR of the company that they cannot process my H1 B-visa because the cap was reached! The next time to apply for an H1-B was 9 months later, but the company had to fill the position immediately. As a result, I lost the job and became stuck in India with no visa and no way to get back to my house and car in Chicago! This is what happens when you don't completely understand the U.S. visa process and why I wish I would have been a part of the International PhD Community sooner. Don't let something like this happen to you."
Abha Chalpe, Ph.D., Principal Scientist at Enzene Biosciences