H1B visa denied, 4 months left on OPT. Will companies still hire me?

New DeIE16
Feb 25 13 Comments

I just heard back last week that my H1B visa has been denied on the grounds that it wasn't a "speciality occupation". This was a shocker since I work for a legitimate big data consulting firm (and work on Spark, Hadoop, Kafka). I have 4 months left on my OPT, and was wondering if the top tech companies would be willing to hire me and transfer me to a remote office (say Canada or UK) given that I only have 4 months of OPT left. My hope is that they would try to bring me back to the US eventually.

Thanks for all your help folks!

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  • Yahoo / Eng
    sse.eng

    Yahoo Eng

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    Yahoo
    sse.engmore
    Try Amazon. At least one good thing it does is immigration.
    Feb 25 3
    • New DeIE16
      OP
      Thanks for the tip. Will reach out to Amazon
      Feb 25
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      My friend got an Amazon offer on March 10 and they filed for his H1B in the first week of April.

      Go all in on large corporations, good luck.
      Feb 25
    • New DeIE16
      OP
      Thanks! Will do!
      Feb 25
  • Microsoft oMAG58
    H1B was a good thing until consulting firms ruined it.
    Feb 26 0
  • Veritas tadh
    No chance. Looking for a new role, interviewing and other process will take 1-1.5 months min.
    Feb 25 0
  • New DeIE16
    OP
    @tadh - I agree that it will take 1-1.5 months. Is the assumption then that it doesn't make sense for the company to hire me since I will not be getting an H1B? My understanding was that some companies will hire you anyway - they just care about good talent.
    Feb 25 1
    • Veritas tadh
      Most companies I’ve interviewed with ask how much time I’ve left on my visa. Some companies have min requirement of at least 18 months left on visa before they even start the process.
      Feb 25
  • LinkedIn ynCh06
    What's your educational background? Do you have MS CS?
    Feb 25 1
    • New DeIE16
      OP
      I have a bachelor's degree in CS but 2.5+ years of experience
      Feb 25
  • Salesforce xortah17
    What was the role? Curious why it wasn’t a “specialty occupation”
    Feb 27 0
  • New / Consultant SleepyPan
    Go all in for big companies.
    Feb 25 0
  • Adobe / Product
    zentohappy

    Adobe Product

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    Lookout, Adobe
    zentohappymore
    Startups are very fast too.
    Feb 25 0

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