Navigating the World of Work Visas in the U.S.

The challenges international job candidates face while securing work authorizations and visas in the United States is a topic near and dear to my heart for two primary reasons. Partly, it’s my job. As Vice President of Student Services of Udacity, I am engaged on a daily basis with the work of securing educational opportunities for all aspiring learners, no matter their circumstances or locations. And partly, it’s my own story.

I came to the U.S. as an international student, and I have been navigating the challenges of what we call “the alphabet soup” of visas for over 12 years now. In addition to my current role, I worked for 4 years at Wellesley College as a Director and Career Advisor specializing in international student needs.

Through my own personal experiences, and the experiences of students I’ve worked with, I know firsthand what a daunting process it can be for any international job candidate to not only find a job in the U.S., but to also convince prospective employers that they are worth the extra paperwork.

You have to do your research, come prepared, know your options and be ready to secure the appropriate work authorization. As each candidate and each case is unique, there is a different lettered visa (F1, J1, TN, etc.) with very a different process that can fit his/her needs. In short, there is a lot you have to learn, understand, and manage.

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be the guest next week on a new Udacity Careers webcast covering many of these critical topics. We will discuss factors to consider during your job search as an international candidate, and how to research and understand requirements to secure work authorization. I will share my professional and personal experiences, and offer a number of important best practices, many of which I mastered during my own job search, and while maintaining my own work status. I sincerely hope these discussions will help others, and direct them to the right path on understanding what F1 (student) visas, OPT (Optional Practical Training) and H1B (work) visas are all about.

I hope you can join me!


Webcast: Visa Support and Work Authorization Needs

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

4:00–5:00 pm PST


Disclaimer: The session will not provide any legal advice.

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