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Dear All,
I've applied to multiple programs this season and am expecting to start my MBA in 2017. I'm an Indian based in Singapore and as I've been actively posting and tracking discussions on gmatclub forums I've been contacted by multiple folks who are considering programs in Singapore to understand the job scenario and visa regulations here in Sg. I have been doing the same thing, connecting with folks in UK and US - geographies that I'm targeting.

To facilitate better sharing of information and address concern of international students, mostly with regard to visa, regulations and jobs, I'm creating this topic. In past few months there have been several major geopolitical developments that have (or might in future) added to the concerns of an international applicant. Let us all post put our concerns here and discuss them based on available facts and personal experiences. Please refrain from making political comments. I would also welcome comments from alums, citizens of various countries, fellow applicants and experts to contribute to the discussion with there knowledge and perspective.

I'm personally concerned about the ongoing developments in the H1B process. Even if a person makes it to a top 15 US program, is it worth the risk?

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i complete my MBA and i am working in our country.

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Sorry, are you suggesting you did your MBA from US and working there?

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i complete my MBA and i am working in our country.

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Dear All,
I've applied to multiple programs this season and am expecting to start my MBA in 2017. I'm an Indian based in Singapore and as I've been actively posting and tracking discussions on gmatclub forums I've been contacted by multiple folks who are considering programs in Singapore to understand the job scenario and visa regulations here in Sg. I have been doing the same thing, connecting with folks in UK and US - geographies that I'm targeting.

To facilitate better sharing of information and address concern of international students, mostly with regard to visa, regulations and jobs, I'm creating this topic. In past few months there have been several major geopolitical developments that have (or might in future) added to the concerns of an international applicant. Let us all post put our concerns here and discuss them based on available facts and personal experiences. Please refrain from making political comments. I would also welcome comments from alums, citizens of various countries, fellow applicants and experts to contribute to the discussion with there knowledge and perspective.

I'm personally concerned about the ongoing developments in the H1B process. Even if a person makes it to a top 15 US program, is it worth the risk?

Hi Rohit6,

Thanks for initiating this thread. I would like to ask you few queries regarding H1B visa and other immigration related matters specific to US.

A bit of background about myself. I am from India and I completed my bachelor's of engineering in NUS back in 2014. I am working as an engineer in the manufacturing sector and I am a permanent resident in Singapore. I wish to pursue a MBA like most Indian engineers and want to work in Consulting/Operations. I have been in Singapore for about 7 years now and I want a change of lifestyle for a while.
With this in mind, below are the questions which I have

1. What are the chances of visa failure (H1B) for an Indian post MBA and how many attempts do we have in acquiring the H1B visa ( I heard we have 1 year OPT for business students post MBA) ?

2. Do you know anyone who has completed their MBA in Us and returned back/ moved to Singapore for a job? If yes, what Industry and function they are working in. I understand that Singapore is a small country compared to USA but I would want to know my options when I have completed the MBA. ( FYI , my PR expires in 2021 and I plan to finish my MBA by 2020).


3. What is the average number of years for a person to acquire green card in USA ? What are the disadvantages if we spend 10-15 years waiting for the green card ? Like tax relief, education for kids etc.

4. How many companies on average are willing to relocate their MBA grads to other countries if the student fails to get H1B visa after 1 year OPT period ?

5. How mobile is one if he is on H1B visa and wishes to change his/her job in the USA? The reason is that I want to move to management consultancy and later transition into other industries. I don't want to be constricted just because I am on H1B.

Thanks a lot in advance

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I have similar concerns myself. I'll be applying this year to US bschools, however, going by the uncertain visa prospects for job post MBA, I'm unsure about the whole thing.

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There have been a few things in terms of both speculations and debates about the topic:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/h-1b-visa-ch ... 33284.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/wsj-internat ... 39548.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/h1b-applicat ... 38326.html
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Rohit6 wrote:
Dear All,
I've applied to multiple programs this season and am expecting to start my MBA in 2017. I'm an Indian based in Singapore and as I've been actively posting and tracking discussions on gmatclub forums I've been contacted by multiple folks who are considering programs in Singapore to understand the job scenario and visa regulations here in Sg. I have been doing the same thing, connecting with folks in UK and US - geographies that I'm targeting.

To facilitate better sharing of information and address concern of international students, mostly with regard to visa, regulations and jobs, I'm creating this topic. In past few months there have been several major geopolitical developments that have (or might in future) added to the concerns of an international applicant. Let us all post put our concerns here and discuss them based on available facts and personal experiences. Please refrain from making political comments. I would also welcome comments from alums, citizens of various countries, fellow applicants and experts to contribute to the discussion with there knowledge and perspective.

I'm personally concerned about the ongoing developments in the H1B process. Even if a person makes it to a top 15 US program, is it worth the risk?

Hi Rohit6,

Thanks for initiating this thread. I would like to ask you few queries regarding H1B visa and other immigration related matters specific to US.

A bit of background about myself. I am from India and I completed my bachelor's of engineering in NUS back in 2014. I am working as an engineer in the manufacturing sector and I am a permanent resident in Singapore. I wish to pursue a MBA like most Indian engineers and want to work in Consulting/Operations. I have been in Singapore for about 7 years now and I want a change of lifestyle for a while.
With this in mind, below are the questions which I have

1. What are the chances of visa failure (H1B) for an Indian post MBA and how many attempts do we have in acquiring the H1B visa ( I heard we have 1 year OPT for business students post MBA) ?

2. Do you know anyone who has completed their MBA in Us and returned back/ moved to Singapore for a job? If yes, what Industry and function they are working in. I understand that Singapore is a small country compared to USA but I would want to know my options when I have completed the MBA. ( FYI , my PR expires in 2021 and I plan to finish my MBA by 2020).


3. What is the average number of years for a person to acquire green card in USA ? What are the disadvantages if we spend 10-15 years waiting for the green card ? Like tax relief, education for kids etc.

4. How many companies on average are willing to relocate their MBA grads to other countries if the student fails to get H1B visa after 1 year OPT period ?

5. How mobile is one if he is on H1B visa and wishes to change his/her job in the USA? The reason is that I want to move to management consultancy and later transition into other industries. I don't want to be constricted just because I am on H1B.

Thanks a lot in advance


All these questions are for an Immigration expert and not for a GC member. So, whatever you read on the 'forums' take it with utmost caution. That being said, H1B is a lottery system and as such there is a massive element of luck involved. Sometimes what companies do is to send you outside US into one of its offices and bring you back once your H1B gets selected (again, no guarantees here that this will happen). You usually get 2 chances for H1B, 1 during April of the graduation year and 1 at the end of your 1 year OPT.

Then again, no one knows how trump administration is going to modify/change/annul the H1B program. So, until that time, your chances are as good as anyone coming to US for an MBA.

Qs 3, the usual time frame is 10-15 years and each person's situation is different to give you an answer on this.

Qs 4, no one can give you this number as these things change. Sometimes, companies that were sponsoring candidates for H1B stop doing that based on their changed recruiting policies while some companies can restart sponsoring candidates. You should contact schools directly to which you plan to apply for an MBA.

Qs 5, http://www.immihelp.com/visas/h1b/h1-transfer.html and http://www.h1base.com/visa/work/H1B%20V ... /ref/1169/ to get you started.

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