No-CS and Non-US and ~40 yo

Jan 8 25 Comments

Hi, I have 20+ years of programming and dev team management experience in a bunch of startups. Although I don't have a CS degree, I learned it myself. Is it possible to get a decent job (senior or lead) in a FAANG company? What do you think?

The following post says otherwise: https://www.livemint.com/Politics/hJEg51euoJYRmUIEXoKZHO/H1B-visa-Computer-programmer-not-to-qualify-as-specialty-o.html

But this one says it's OK: https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/03/computer-programmers-can-still-qualify-for-h-1b-visas/

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  • Google
    MicroGoogl

    Google

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    MicroGooglmore
    You will need to find an employer willing to sponsor your H1B visa. The visa in itself is a lottery so you have around 33% chance to get it. Once you get picked in the lottery, there is a good to fair chance that your application will have a RFE as you don't have relevant degree to justify your specialty occupation.
    So yes, it is possible, but borderline difficult
    Jan 8 1
    • OP
      What about my experience? I think it should count somehow. I'm an economics major, maybe I should do a CS master as well, but it'll take more of my time.
      Jan 10
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Coming to us in 40s is bordering on insanity
    Jan 8 6
    • OP
      @tatun We don't want to settle in US indefinitely. I want to make more money (especially stocks) than in my home country. While doing that, I want my daughter to have an American Accent. + I want to be at the center of software development—SF. I want to network with like-minded people and so on.
      Jan 10
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      OP I’m practically ancient. It’s not that I can’t adapt, I just don’t want to. Why would I learn new stuff when I can do the same using what I know and use spare time to drink scotch
      Jan 10
  • LinkedIn Gxte28vvfv
    Yes
    Jan 8 3
    • LinkedIn Gxte28vvfv
      The question is if it is possible? Yes it is possible. There are a lot of examples of people who did that.
      Is it challenging? Yes it is.
      Is it easy? No, it is not.
      Jan 9
    • OP
      Who do you know that did the exact same thing? Maybe I should contact them and learn from them.
      Jan 10
  • New
    scheme

    New

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    Started blind to get some break from work. Now, I work to get some break from blind.
    schememore
    Where are you currently located?
    Jan 8 2
    • Ironclad / Legal ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬
      Also country of birth, if you want green card?
      Jan 8
    • OP
      Turkey. I don't want to get a green card or something. I don't want to settle there indefinitely.
      Jan 10
  • Ironclad / Legal ⌐(ಠ۾ಠ)¬
    How's your Kung Fu in leetcode?
    Jan 8 1
  • T-Mobile
    heckoworld

    T-Mobile

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    looking for new opportunities...
    heckoworldmore
    Anything is possible, even your plan.
    Jan 8 0
  • WeWork WeTried
    If you can back your 20 years Of experience with written and verbal verification of employment, you may be able to get in without a degree. Your experience has to be evaluated by an accredited US college. If evaluation shows that it’s equivalent of a CS degree or related field, you shouldn’t have any issues responding to RFE. Either way, you’ll need to find an employer willing to sponsor the visa first. Their immigration attorney will help with the process.
    Jan 9 5
    • WeWork WeTried
      Current immigration policy is a challenge, but your qualification is not the problem. The job requires either a BS in a field related to CS _or_ equivalent work experience, which you have plenty.
      Jan 10
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      Ok, if you have a degree then it’s easier but immigration wants a relevant degree which you could claim is relevant
      Jan 10

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