I’m currently on OPT. Unfortunately, having started as a contractor, I couldn’t apply for an H1B because my full time offer came too late. Has anyone tried the J1? What are the + and -?
You need to have an internship secured within 3 months or else your visa is no longer valid. It took 4 weeks for my company to confirm my internship, which was stressful as it meant I could not be legally paid. Luckily that all worked out.
You can apply for a H1B visa under certain conditions. Depending on your home country, you may be required to return home for 2 years after you complete the visa. Some countries waive this.