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5 Tips for Navigating the H-1B Visa Process
Each year, thousands of international students apply for H-1B visas—temporary non-immigrant visas that allow individuals to work in the U.S. Since only a limited number of H-1Bs are given out each year, the H-1B visa process can be stressful, not to mention difficult to navigate.
Job-Search Strategies for International Students Who Didn’t Win the 2022 H-1B Lottery
In the recent H-1B visa lottery, 483,927 applications were filed for only 85,000 available visas. This means that more than 80 percent of applicants wanting an H-1B visa, which allows internationals to work in the U.S.
How International Students Can Improve Their Chances of Getting H-1B Visas
With this year’s H-1B visa registration season well underway, we spoke with International Student Career Expert Marcelo Barros about what international students should be doing now, common mistakes students make when searching for U.S. employment, and what we can expect from this year’s H-1B lottery.
MBA Virtual Career Fair: International Student Job Search Fireside Chat
On Friday, February 11, Firsthand held its first annual MBA Virtual Career Fair. The fair was geared toward first- and second-year MBA students looking to prepare for and find internships and full-time positions.
Register for Firsthand's MBA Virtual Career Fair
On February 11, Firsthand will host an MBA Virtual Career Fair for first- and second-year MBA students looking to prepare for and find internships and full-time positions. You can register for this free fair here, and learn more about it below.
50 Most Prestigious Internships for 2022
Today, we’re excited to release our 50 Most Prestigious Internships for 2022. This ranking is based on our recent survey of more than 11,400 interns from 140 internship programs.
Essential International Student Job-Search Strategies for 2022
Due to the pandemic and difficulties of obtaining student visas, international enrollment in U.S. universities saw a slight decline during the 2019-2020 academic year.
6 Options for International Students Who Didn’t Win the H-1B Lottery
Another H-1B lottery season has come to an end. This year, the number of applications far exceeded the 85,000 allotted H-1Bs, the visas international students typically need to work in the U.S.
3 Essential Job-Search Strategies for International Students in 2021
To say the least, the Trump administration didn’t extend a warm welcome to international students at U.S. colleges and universities.
How Will a Biden Presidency Affect International Students' Job Search?
After Joe Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States, we spoke with international student career expert Marcelo Barros to get a sense of how a Biden presidency is going to affect international students and their U.S. job search.
How the Trump Administration's New H-1B Wage-Increase Rule Affects International Students
On October 8, the U.S. Department of Labor published its controversial interim final rule on wage requirements for temporary visa programs and permanent labor certification programs.
4 Types of Networking Emails—and How to Write Them
The more time that passes after you meet people for the first time—either in person or virtually—the harder it is to remember them. This is why, when you're job searching, it's important to take notes after meeting someone new.
How Trump’s Executive Order Halting H-1B Visas Affects International Students and Big Tech
On June 22, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily freezing various work visas, including the highly coveted H-1B visas sought by international students looking to work in the U.S. after graduation.
Necessary Changes as a Result of Mass Virtual Learning
In the face of widespread changes that have resulted from the global COVID-19 pandemic, most schools and offices have been forced to enter a virtual working environment. For many colleges, online learning was offered but not emphasized before the virus.
How Trump’s Temporary COVID-19 Immigration Ban Affects International Students’ Job Search
On April 1st, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it had received nearly 275,000 H-1B visa applications—more than three times the H-1B annual limit of 85,000.
9 Job Search Tips for International Students in the Age of Coronavirus
As if the job search climate hadn’t been tough enough for international students since President Trump enacted the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order in April 2017, now international students are forced to watch the hiring pace of U.S. firms rapidly decrease due to the spread of Covid-19.
Why International Students Should Consider Careers in Canada
The U.S. is now a land of contradictions.
Visa and Job Prospects for International Students in 2020
Last year was a mixed one for international students looking for jobs in the U.S. One the one hand, even the simple process of securing work authorization through OPT (Optional Practical Training) proved to be complicated—and in some cases, increased processing time by the U.S.
10 Biggest Career and Workplace Stories of the Decade
Here are the 10 most important and influential career and workplace stories of the past 10 years. 10.
How to Be Small Talk Savvy During the Job Search
If there’s one activity that occurs at nearly every stage of the job search, it’s small talk. And unlike other aspects of the job search, small talk usually happens without warning.
4 Job Search Strategies That Get International Grad Students Hired
If you’re an international student in grad school looking to land a great job offer after graduation, know that it won’t be easy. So here are four job search strategies that separate international graduate job seekers who receive U.S.
6 Underutilized Campus Resources You Should Be Using
A college campus is more like a town than a school—there are 1,001 buildings, with everything from bedrooms to dining rooms to classrooms to gyms to lounges. But there are also a ton of offices and departments that, unlike the dining hall, people can forget are there.
Networking Tips for International Students
Like many other international students, I was very focused on the academic part of student life when I arrived in the U.S. In my junior year of college, I suddenly felt this job-seeking urgency.