« on: August 10, 2007, 09:16:00 AM »
QuoteIf you got a PhD (along with a JD perhaps) it would actually be much easier for you to stay here, PhD's don't count against the H-1B (skilled worker visa) quota and they are much easier to hire for companies, then you could get a green card after a few years.
I'm curious. What does this mean? I'm a foreign student too, starting a JD program this fall, but I have a PhD. Will this somehow magically make it easier to obtain a work visa a few years down the road?
I believe that a J.D. is considered to be the same level as a Ph.D. for immigration visa purposes. But it is not exempt from H-1 quota. Master's and Ph.D. degree holders (who received their degree from a US institution) have an additional 20,000 per year H-1B quota. While that makes your chances to get an H-1B better, I believe the quota was exhausted in two weeks this time, but at least it's not a lottery like regular H-1B quota.
The previous poster is probably thinking of the H-1B quota exemption for non-profit employees. That is, if you go to work for the government or a non-profit research institution after you graduate with your J.D., you can apply for an H-1B immediately and have nearly 100% of getting it (assuming your paperwork is in order).
Either way, once you graduate, you'll have a year of practical training, which is plenty of time for your firm to get all documents in order and have them ready to file on the first day H-1 applications are accepted (currently it's April 1 of each year).
If I confused you more than I helped, go to immigrationportal.com and search for H-1 visa info - it's a pretty good resource.