International students at Harvard University and the University of Richmond recently talked to their school newspapers about the difficult of finding a job in the U.S. after graduation. Students looking for long-term, full-time employment need to find a company willing to sponsor them for an H-1B work visa, and according to the students interviewed for these articles, this call be a challenge.
“Not all firms that are willing to take on American students are willing to sponsor the H-1B, because they don’t have the resources,” says Anusha Tomar ’11, who will be working with McKinsey & Company. Although Tomar is sponsored by McKinsey, she says some of her international friends have encountered problems obtaining H-1B visa sponsorship.
Both the Crimson and Richmond’s Collegian say that finding a job can be a struggle, and suggest that students look into Optional Practical Training (OPT) as an option to bridge the gap.
The Collegian adds that many students who complete school and don’t want to return home go on to graduate school, extending their student visa for additional years.