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Old 26th May 2009, 10:07 AM
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Hi,

I have been trying unsuccessfully for 2 years to find a company that will sponsor me for a H-1B visa. I work in the IT industry and so qualify for such a visa. I am 24 yrs old and have both an undergraduate and master's degree but am finding it impossible to get sponsorship.

I have previously worked in Boston for 6 months on a J-1 training visa and again on a regular J-1 for 3 months. My partner is from Boston and I am anxious to move back there and live with him. Marriage is really not an option as I am too young.

I am considering returning to school next year in the Boston area to do another master's degree which would allow me to stay for 12 months while my course is completed and for any optional training period (another 12 months I believe)? Does anyone know if, having a US degree at this stage, would it be easier to then secure employment and thus sponsorship?

Thanks for your help

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Unfortunately you aren't actually qualified for an H1B visa until you have a job offer from an employer willing and able to sponsor your visa application.

At the moment, there are plenty of IT professionals out of work and ready and willing to start work immediately. Unless you can find a "niche" that you fill in some unique manner you still are harder to place in a job in the US simply because of the need for a visa. (Sponsoring a visa candidate involves a certain amount of hassle and expense on the part of the employer.)

There are also some employers who will question why you have two masters degrees rather than going on for a PhD in whatever. (Hey, there's always some strange biases out there.)
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Marriage is really not an option as I am too young.
Marriage is perfectly legal at age 24

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