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Alternative to H1B visa

 
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Hi All,

Recently i came to know through one of the consultancy in hyderabd that there is an alternative to H1B visa and that is Work and study program in USA.

Under this program we can work for weekly 40 hours for an american company and we can attend classes in the weekend.
And they said some universities also... This program is called CO-OP program..

My plan is:
I have 2 years of experience in testing and i want to do the same software job i will be doing if i go by H1B visa..

I know this sounds some thing different...But the consultancy is assuring..

How far this is true???

Please clarify my doubt..

Thanks & Regards,
Ramesh Ale,
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Originally posted by sudhakar karnati:
I know this sounds some thing different...But the consultancy is assuring..



On what visa would an alien in such a program be admitted to the US?

Cheers!

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There is Holiday maker's visa for UK which will permit you to do this way...but for US I don't think there is any such visa.Ask your consultant about the Visa type..Don't let your consultant take you for a ride...
 
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Hi sudhakar,

Recently i came to know through one of the consultancy in hyderabd that there is an alternative to H1B visa and that is Work and study program in USA.
Under this program we can work for weekly 40 hours for an american company and we can attend classes in the weekend.
And they said some universities also... This program is called CO-OP program.


Cooperative Education Program

Big issue is: "The awarding of a Cooperative Education Program Certificate requires a minimum of twelve months of full-time work and fulfillment of additional program requirements including degree completion", which means you MUST study for real in US with the REAL GOAL of getting a degree from an US university, if you fail to get the degree you bail out of US for sure.

Does your consultant pay you the university semesters, or do you have to pay them yourself ?

Best regards.
 
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Hi Luke,

On what visa would an alien in such a program be admitted to the US?

Looks like an F1, standard student.

This looks like a new option to allow an advanced student to work "for real" in industry instead of having to wait after his diploma and taking meanwhile small usual local jobs on campus only. Not a bad idea at all, but clearly prone to abuse, as this case obviously shows IMHO: it is a student visa with labor facilities, but is is sold to our Indian friend as a labour visa with studient facilities. I hope he won't fall in this ugly trap...

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Hi Eric Lemaitre,

This is what they have mentioned in their university website..


Overview

University A offers the option of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) to students enrolled in any of its master's degree programs. CPT is authorized by the U.S. Homeland Security Department for F-1 international students and is equivalent to the Co-Op option for domestic students.

This option is designed to give students practical work experience in curriculum-related employment with local corporations and businesses. For those who select this option paid internship employment is mandatory, beginning in the first academic year of the student's program. Along with the mandatory internship employment, students will need to take a total of 16 courses; 5 cornerstone courses, 5 core courses, 4 concentration courses and 2 internship courses.

Student Work Authorization



INS regulations allow international graduate students who are enrolled in an "internship" or "CPT" program to work in an internship positions for as many months as the duration of the program will allow. Through the CPT program, international students may work up to 40 hours per week.

Students may work the entire duration of their study in a full time job related to their program; however, if full-time CPT employment lasts more than eleven months, the student may lose the right to the Optional Practical Training (OPT), which is allowed to students after graduation. (OPT is a one year work authorization students may get after completing their degree).

F-1 students must first obtain work authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) before working off-campus. The work authorization will be given only for jobs that are considered to be �an integral part of an established curriculum�.

F-1 students wishing to participate in an off-campus training program that is �an integral part of an established curriculum� must first obtain work authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The training, which must be directly related to the student�s major field of study, is defined as �alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum, which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school� (Title 8, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 214.2 (f)(10).

Benefits of the Co-Op Program
 
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Why are people using indirect routes to get into US ?
 
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Hi Prad,

Why are people using indirect routes to get into US ?

Simply because the US immigration system is so screwed, everyone among population and politics and even USCIS officials admit it, that direct routes are no longer workable any longer, then only indirect routes remain open, prone to exploitation and abuse.

But your remark raises a very valuable point: as by far most present H1B are used in practice as low end grunts to fulfill the thankless, boring and badly paid IT tasks US citizens don't want to do, coming to US is no longer an interesting career option for Indians or Chinese. Staying at home where valuable projects are offshored anyway for good wages (considering local cost of life) and having a real chance to develop on's skills with interesting projects is a much more interesting career option nowadays.

Coming to US for H1B through bodyshoppers for uninteresting tasks and low pay is clearly no longer valuable at all for Indians or Chinese, it is a minimum 6 years loss in their career considering present situation.

Best regards.
 
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