OPT Hiring Rant

innRoad wQyf06
May 23, 2019 18 Comments

I am aware that being on Visa makes it difficult to get hired. But I don't get why OPT candidate is less preferred over a candidate on H1B.

After a lot of discussions with recruiters, I have come across a significant subset of companies that hire candidates already on H1B but don't hire OPT candidates who have enough relevant prior YOE.

I just don't get it.

1. In the current environment, an OPT candidate can join a company the next day but a H1B candidate has to wait 2 weeks at least or in many cases have to wait for months for transfer when premium processing is not available.
2. There is very high chance of H1B transfer having an RFE while an OPT candidate won't have that problem.
3. You would be getting less than 3 years Visa for H1B guy anyway before you have to extend and once again run into chances of RFE within 3 years.
4. An OPT guy (with STEM degree) would be having 2 to 3 chances at H1B with over 50% chance in each attempt. For 3 attempts, the chances of him getting H1B is close to 90% after the recent change in order of lottery.
5. Even assuming an OPT guy doesn't get H1B in 3 years, isn't the 3 years that he works in the company more than what most employees stay for in most companies anyway

I am so upset that I missed so many opportunities that were a perfect fit for my skills and experience.

It seems FAANG (Amazon especially) gives everyone an opportunity irrespective of Visa status. Doing LC to get there.

TC: 100k
YOE: 5 years


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TOP 18 Comments
  • Ericsson / Eng

    Ericsson Eng

    Verizon, Ericsson
    F and msft don't consider unless one has at least 2 attempts.
    May 23, 2019 10
    • innRoad wQyf06
      @LeetChamp Yes. I am aware of that. That's possible for someone who has a job offer by February and graduates in May.
      May 23, 2019
    • New Omlp77
      Correction: New grads don't actually get 4 attempts at H1B since most people graduate in May but H1B quota is filled up by early April. You cannot apply for H1B before you actually obtain your degree. This applies to undergraduates only though. Masters students can still use their undergraduate degree and apply in the general (65,000 quota) category in April, a month before they graduate from their masters.
      May 30, 2019
  • New


    Tc = broke. Education: the Derek Zoolander school for kids who can’t read and want to do other stuff good too
    It’s all luck... keep trying . People disqualify on trivial shit. I’ve been a citizen 3 years and I have the challenge that comes with being a super minority in Bay Area
    May 23, 2019 1
    • innRoad wQyf06
      Sad to hear that
      May 23, 2019
  • Salesforce / Eng namehere1
    Opt is only valid for 18 months max. That’s why.
    May 23, 2019 1
    • Google / Eng pm / modi
      It's for 3 years for stem.
      May 23, 2019
  • Groupon dhsksl
    I feel your pain. since your question is why, I am guessing these could be the reasons.
    RFE is not a denial, companies would be okay with RFE’s because RFE’s are usually about clarifying about the job requirement and the employee is already vetted if his qualifications are good enough for the position. So most RFE’s at all product companies get thru with no denials, its a different story for consultancies. Compare that to a h1b lottery which has been getting harder given the number of applications are on the rise every year. I know folks with AD missing out on the lottery 6times in a row now so companies find it hard to plan around that stuff. Also most opt folks who apply might already be in their second or third year so usually companies have a blanket rule to avoid OPT hires rather than a case by case evaluation
    May 23, 2019 0
  • Google / Eng catburglar
    Facebook does this too. They started only recently.
    May 23, 2019 0
  • Salesforce n00bmstr69
    I feel you. Airbnb turned me down because of the same issue.
    May 23, 2019 0


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