Work and Stay in the U.S.. Diversity Lottery and H1-B.

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:eoH7qG6cOuvUXM:http://www.greencard-us.org/img/statue.jpg I am thinking of getting PR(Permanent Resident) in the U.S.. I went to this workshop a few weeks ago named “Immigration and Work in the U.S.” on campus, and found several ways to work and stay in the U.S..

Every international student knows getting a H1-B visa is the next step after you complete your OPT (Optional Practical Training). But it is not easy, because it requires your employer to pay for and process the registration for you, so your employer must really love you. Once you get past that, you are subjected to the U.S. 6,500 foreign workers cap. This is where most people can’t get through. Or you can choose to work for organizations which are not subjected to the cap, such as — volunteer organizations or the Universities. Yes I know what you’re thinking, I can always try UB, my University.

Most people like getting PR. Because most people would have decided they love U.S. enough to stay after laboriously renewing their visas for 6 years (every 3 years) and want to do away with the visa bullshit and get jobs at the snap of their fingers as easily as they would back in their home country. So then PR is also what I’m thinking of. Now there’s an interesting way to get a green card (equals to PR) for people from smaller countries called Diversity Lottery.

One word of caution: YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY. This website appeared on top of Google search and I was ready to take out USD 299 for an endless application until I get chosen because the chances seem pretty good. And I thought all those flashing banners about getting a green card “now” are frauds. So it is actually true the U.S. Embassy chooses 55,000 people from countries which has low immigration rates to the U.S. and just hand them the green card free and without conditions! That is why people are making a business out of it–by processing it for you, the interested lottery applicant. The selections are randomly picked from a computer. For the year 2009, 70 people are picked from Singapore. The number is not large but at least its a double digit. Besides Americans are pretty ignorant of where Singapore is, or what Singapore is. When I tell them I come from Singapore, they go like, “oh…” and look away.

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