New US graduated Nurse with F-1 student status is seeking sponsership - page 3

by Newusgradforeignnurs 5,561 Views | 24 Comments

Hi, I am currently a 6th semester BSN student at IUPUI, indianapolis. I am an international student with a F-1 status. With one year left of nursing school, I am starting to wonder what is the best way for me to stay here in the... Read More


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    I graduated last year and applied for the OPT. Finding a job took MONTHS. I started job searching a couple of months before graduating. I was actually cutting into my OPT time searching for a job. I finally found a hospital job about.. 80 days into my OPT. You are only allowed 90 days of unemployment while on your OPT, although I had already applied for Mollen Immunization Clinics and gotten that job as well.

    I have two friends who are also on OPT. One was also able to find a job at a hospital and another found a job in a clinic.

    Both of them spoke to immigration lawyers and pretty much found that there was nothing they could do to be sponsored. If you were a charge nurse, it would be a different story, but we are all new grads.

    One of my friends is going to go to grad school to buy her more time in the US, I guess while she figures out what to do... The other may get married. As for me? Well, I applied for the green card lottery and in the mean time I'll be moving to Europe with my boyfriend. We both have EU passports. He also has an American passport but we aren't going to get married just so that we can stay here. We'd like to see the world while we are young...also the idea of marriage is a little scary. At least for me it is.

    Many places I interviewed for would straight up ask me what my status is. Once they found out about the OPT, they pretty much told me I wasn't going to be hired. The one place that hired me did not ask me. You just gotta apply ALL over the place. I even applied to Alaska (I was living in Florida).

    So, Good luck to you! Let us know how it works out for you.
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    Probably not an option for this person from China but generally, it's a very good idea.

    I know three people from my graduating class who were ultimately hired by the facilities in which they interned for 3-6 months. They are not covered by the hospital's insurance but they are covered by the insurance from the school who's providing the internship. For everything, that is, except SDI and Worker's Comp - since they're students and not workers. However, doing an internship is much preferred over sitting at home month after month or flipping burgers.
    This is the "international nurse" forum. It is NOT a good idea for foreign nurses to offer to work for free or cheap with the hopes of being hired/sponsored. That is precisely why locals get peeved with hospitals bringing in cheap labor from overseas. Not to mention, it's illegal to work at a lower pay rate (or no pay!) when labor certification is required.

    This has nothing to do with an "internship" as completed by a local worker.
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    Quote from ghillbert
    This is the "international nurse" forum. It is NOT a good idea for foreign nurses to offer to work for free or cheap with the hopes of being hired/sponsored. That is precisely why locals get peeved with hospitals bringing in cheap labor from overseas. Not to mention, it's illegal to work at a lower pay rate (or no pay!) when labor certification is required.

    This has nothing to do with an "internship" as completed by a local worker.
    So it's not an option at all, then.
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    Quote from dreidelRN
    One of my friends is going to go to grad school to buy her more time in the US, I guess while she figures out what to do...

    Wouldn't a master degree in nursing give her an opportunity to be qualified for EB2 category? As far as I know, it's way easier to get a green card via EB2. Please correct me I'm wrong.

    That's what I actually want to do - to gradate from the MSN program and obtain the green card through EB2.
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    Quote from RomSL
    Wouldn't a master degree in nursing give her an opportunity to be qualified for EB2 category? As far as I know, it's way easier to get a green card via EB2. Please correct me I'm wrong.

    That's what I actually want to do - to gradate from the MSN program and obtain the green card through EB2.
    Still need to find a job that meets EB2 requirements and employer willing to employ you in that position, however if you do then may move a bit faster depending on where you was born.


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