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I’ve just read this article on ComputerWorld: H-1B visa cap reached in record time which basically says that the USCIS received over 150.000 applications for an H1-B visa allotment of 65.000. This amount was supposed to last for the entire fiscal year, but was all used up on the first day. Eric Sink blogs about his issues with the H1-B cap here. It also means that all applications will be rejected until next year when the new portion of H1-B’s are released
Given my situation with the job from Microsoft in the US this is bitter sweet. If I weren’t quarantined because of the 2 year residency rule of my J1 Visa I would’ve had to apply for an H1-B visa. However, you can’t apply for such without your graduation papers. I don’t graduate until July meaning that I wouldn’t have been able to apply until this date. Meaning that I would’ve never been able to enter the US for October ’07. It’s amazing! I thought that the biggest difficulty would be getting the offer from Microsoft, not all kinds of bureacratic immigration rules. I thought wrong. So it is with a bitter sweet feeling I read that article.
All in all there’s quite a lot of bitter sweetness involved in my Microsoft Job Adventure. I’s a bit like the chicken and egg problem: if I hadn’t gone to the US to study on the J1 Visa with the 2 year rule, I would’ve never gone to the job interview in Redmond, and hence would never have been offered a job. Furtheremore, had I been offered the job and not been subject to the 2 year rule, I would have been busted by the already spend H1-B Visa cap.
Gives you something to ponder about…
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