NYU admits more than 13,000 international students each year,
thus contributing more than $30 billion nation-wide (confirmed by NAFSA, 2015) yet
many International students face challenges while getting their first job in
the USA. There are various concepts, rules and regulations, that as students, we
need to make ourselves aware with, so as to avoid facing challenges later on.
Work Authorization after
Once international students have completed or are on the
verge of completing their education, the other issue that starts bugging
students is – Work Authorization. Options for job opportunities or internships
after pursuing MBA/Post MBA programs for international students are very less
as compared to students from the USA. Even the laws keep on fluctuating, one
time or the other and hence it becomes a hectic and painful job for companies
and students alike.
You can either apply for an Internship, optional practical
training (often known as OPT) and H1B Visa.
Now, getting an H1B VISA is a challenge in itself. There are
85,000 VISAS that are assigned each year; around 20,000 are reserved for
students who are based internationally. In fiscal year 2015, ICE, popularly
known as United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, received more than
232,000 applications. So, the decision was taken via lottery.
Finding a VISA Sponsor
Finding a VISA sponsor is another challenge. Due to the
above mentioned concern, MNC’s look forward to hire locally. The reason is it
is costly for them to sponsor a H1B VISA. The students enrolled in F-1 VISA
might still stand a chance but for H1B VISA it depends totally on the expertise
of the student and how willing a company is, to sponsor their VISA (it costs nearly
$20,000 for six-year VISA, which again has a higher rejection rate).
Before you choose to apply for schools, ensure you
understand your VISA terms and conditions. Chalk out action plan and then
invest. Talk to the people who have been there.* Do not only believe in word-of-the-mouth. When you choose to pursue
MBA from USA, it is a huge investment, future-wise and finance-wise. Choose
Once, you are there, do not sit idly and wait for chances.
Start meeting professors and develop your network. Start researching about
companies that sponsor post-study VISA*.
Do you remember, copying home-work of your peers in the need
of hour (that occurred almost daily, though). You must also remember, cheating
and copying answers in an exam. Well, it was nostalgic days.
Let me bring those memories to a halt (You can cuss me now
but be sure to thank me later, just kidding). In the US, people are brought up in
strict compliance with plagiarism. It means, not copying verbatim of your peers
at all. Now if you fly there and someone sues you for plagiarism, it can be
tough. If you are found guilty, you can be convicted as well.
Stay updated about the existing laws. Meet your professors
and attend informative workshops. You can choose a mentor and let him assist you
Language and accent issues are frequently faced by many
international students. Even if you have cleared your standardized tests, still
it does not make you proficient with their slangs, phrases and commonly used
words. It at times, can become a source of insecurity among international
students. At times you might face challenges in communication courses. This can
often stop you from getting a leadership positions as well.
Practice is important. You need to practice as much as you
can before you are there. Once you land, do not hesitate in approaching your
professors or attending workshops. These are of immense help. You can also
choose a mentor to help you out*.