US education facilitates easy access to H1B visa

Recent proposal of Department of Home land Security (DHS) of United States to give priority to advanced degree holders from US Universities for H1B visa will benefit Indian students. During 2018, out of 65000 H1B visa sanctioned and of which 74 percent applicants were from India. H1B is a visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act, section 101(a) (15) (H) that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. A specialty occupation requires the application of specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of work experience. Laws limit the number of H-1B visas that are issued each year.H1B visa is the job visa for students from countries other than United States. Visa holder will get all benefits including better pay and allowances. Moreover they will get the opportunity to progress towards green card and citizenship in future as the case may be. Under H1B visa, technocrats, scientists, doctors, accountants, engineers, Veterinarians and teachers can work in US. Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, Nursing and management are some of the prospective sectors which gain more H1B visas.

Recently more number of Indian students are started pursuing overseas education especially in United States. South Indian students rank more in US when compared to students from North Indian States in the country.

Advanced degrees from US

Internationally our graduate programmes are undergraduate programmes and our post graduate programme will come under graduate programmes. Under advanced degree from US Universities it can be graduate, honours, higher degree, post graduate or doctoral programmes. Compared to other Asian countries, more Indian students are pursuing advanced degree programmes in United States. Proposed rule will facilitate for advanced degree holders from US Universities to get priority in getting H1B visa up to first 20000 level. DHS published the draft rule on 3rd December and will be finalised by 31st December 2018. It will come in to effect from 2019 onwards.

Admission process

Students interested in US education after graduation from India require one year homework for the admission process. They can start the preparation from final year onwards. Preparation of bio data in two pages and applying for passport are the preliminary steps for pursuing education abroad. US universities offer courses during winter (Jan to Feb) and falls (Sept to Oct) semesters. Indian students can pursue for admission during falls semester. Students are required to clear GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with better test scores. Review of bio data will create impression about the student among US universities. So they need to prepare the bio data in an attractive manner with a font size of 11 in Times New Roman. Filled in application requires statement of purpose from the students and two recommendation letters from referees. Referees can be senior faculty members who can judge about the abilities and skill of the students.  Initially a student can apply for 4-5 universities. Project works, internships, work experience, extracurricular activities and publications will get additional scores during the admission process. Two or three Universities will offer admission based on test scores. Again pursue them for funding options like fellowship, scholarship or assistantship. Students can do part time work up to 20 hrs. per week to support their studies. Students aspiring for US education will get more information from USIEF- United States India education foundation.

Prometric India is conducting GRE and TOEFL/ IELTS Tests. Test preparation requires minimum three months period. Students can take the examination date three months ahead and start preparation. Since examination fee is high it is preferable to appear for the examination on the prefixed dates. Postponement of examination requires additional minimum 40 dollars. Various text books, apps, online coaching and software’s facilitate the students for examination preparation. Kaplan offers excellent text book series.

For more details visit Success for getting admission to US universities depend on environment, effort and direction. If the student is having better interest, aptitude, attitude and goal, it is easy to get admission. Right choice and involvement coupled with appropriate decision making process facilitate success in US education.

(Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan, Education and career consultant, Director, UL education. E mail

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