I’ve just send this email to the exchange students from WVU, and thought that I might aswell post it here on my blog. I might post some follow ups to further explain the process and what I discover during my visa waive investigation.
I’ve finally received an answer from Microsoft. First the good news, they are interested in hiring me. Then the bad news, they can’t get me into the country because of visa issues.
When you enter the US on a J1 Visa you are almost always subject to the 2 year home residency rule, which says that after your stay in the US you have to return to your home country and stay for 2 years, before you can enter the US again on another visa. In some special cases this requirement can be waived, and I’m currently investigating if that would be possible. However, it doesn’t look good. Microsoft have told me that if I succeed in getting the rule waived they would continue the hiring process.
So that’s the story, the end result is that I probably won’t get the job. And it sucks! If the situation changes I’ll email again.
I really appreciate that a lot of you have contacted me and asked how the thing with Microsoft went.
I hope that your New Years went well. Everyday life is starting to settle in, and it’s a bit sad. Who would have thought that you could miss life in Motown?!?!?
‘Till next time, take care, Kristian
Og til dem der hellere vil have det på dansk.
Jeg har fået svar fra min recruiter ved Microsoft ,og de er interessrede i at ansætte mig, men kan ikke få mig ind i landet pga. visum problemer. Det visum jeg var på i efteråret har en 2 års klausul, der siger man skal blive i sit hjemland i 2 år før man kan komme ind i landet igen. Under visse omstændigheder kan man få dette krav frafaldet, og det er jeg ved at undersøge nu. Microsoft har sagt at hvis det lykkedes for mig, er de stadig interesserede. Jeg har talt med Fullbright kommisionens studivejeldning, og det lyder ikke alt for positivt med at få reglen frafaldet. Men jeg fortsætter; det skal i hvert fald prøves!
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