Visa issue: J1 residency requirement

Hulu fomoGuy
Jul 13, 2017 5 Comments

MSFT folks - any recent experiences with how MSFT handles J1 visa 2yr residency requirement? Currently on F1, have offer and unused 1 yr of OPT + 2yr STEM extension sill unused.

Looking for insider experiences at MSFT, I'm very aware of the overall situation generally and problems caused by this visa type.


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  • Microsoft / Eng

    Microsoft Eng

    Google, Amazon
    You need to get a waiver from your home country. MS doesn't help in any way with doing that. If you dont get a waiver in time and that causes you to be unable to work from the US, MS will get you a Canadian visa and have you work our of their Vancouver offices if your manager agrees. If your manager is not okay with that, you'll need to leave the job.
    Jul 13, 2017 1
    • Hulu fomoGuy
      Thanks a lot, makes sense!
      Jul 13, 2017
  • Microsoft GgKL51
    Email (general questions) or (j1/f1 questions) and an attorney or paralegal will look at your specific case and give you advice.
    Jul 13, 2017 0
  • Microsoft Takeyojob
    Go get married like everyone else
    Jul 13, 2017 0
  • Microsoft Alvf48
    I got a waiver for the 2 year requirement but I'm from Europe and there was a well defined process and the people at the embassy who I called told me that everyone is getting the waiver.
    Jul 17, 2017 0