How important/stressful is an H1-B visa to you, a top University graduate ?
Sometimes I feel like I worry about H1-B visas too much. I am incredibly passionate about computer science. But I just can't help with the anxiety I feel every single day since graduating with an undergraduate degree in CS. My GPA took a hit because of the anxiety. I graduated from Santa Clara University and I know that it is not a top school and perhaps I feel like I don't find success (I interned as a Software Engineer at dinosaur companies like CISCO and IBM and used up all my CPTs as well as PRe-opts and risked my grades just in hopes for full time employment or at least, have enough experience to get full-time employment as that decides my future and fate in this country). The work that I have been doing for the past three years is general full stack engineering & unit tests tbh, nothing too exciting. Most CS graduates from my school who graduated with 4.0 / Summa cum laude with no experience/internships didn't find employment after graduation, so I didn't see the point in graduating with stellar grades tbh. I graduated with a 3.4 GPA. Held GPA>3.6 for 3 years. Putting academics first did not seem like a smart decision for me at the time. The only satisfaction I got this year is winning the h1-b lottery and just received a request for evidence that my company seems less interested in dealing with. I care about it more than the company does tbh. This immigration anxiety has been going on for the last 2.5 years since Trump became president. I acknowledge that I am not the only one going through this and there are thousands of students in worser situation than I am. It's just that things are getting harder and harder every year.
How do foreigners / F1-Visa holders from Berkeley/Stanford/UofMichigan/UofViriginia/UiUc or other top CS schools deal with this situation? Were u guys/gals in the same boat as I am ? Or do u guys put academics first ? I am aware that USCIS don't care about your background and that's not my worry here. I feel like that companies will tend to hire or give more attention to top school graduates regardless of the experience you possess. That is why I resorted to caring about internships more than my academics.
After this whole immigration grind is done, I plan on getting a graduate degree in CS, and would like to do it in a top school. Let me know your thoughts on this, thanks ! 😊
P.S. I am not from India or China