Every year thousands of foreign students finish their study here and ponder about their next step to the future. To many, graduation immediately pushes them into the reality world and problems immediately follow. To foreign students, the most important thing is not just to find a job. Rather, it is to keep your status legal.
Many foreign students are eager to find jobs as they wish to gain working experience in the U.S. or hope to stay here permanently. However, without maintaining a legal status, finding a job is just a bubble dream that will evaporate eventually. Ordinarily foreign students can preserve status through OPT (Optional Practical Training) or getting an H-1B to work. There are, however, other choices. For example, if you marry with a U.S. citizen, you can get a working permit through the marriage. Those from "treaty countries" (please check up our site regarding E visas) with qualified business relationship with a foreign company or have enough capital (around $60,000.00 to $80,000.00) to invest, may be qualified to apply for E-1 or E-2 and jump into business directly. Students graduating with Master or Doctorate degree may be qualified for National Interest Waiver or Alien of Extraordinary Ability application. No matter which is the route you take, keeping your status legal is always the highest priority.
Failing to keep a legal status will cause serious consequence. It renders the alien ineligible to change status. The BCIS' policy of "Zero-Tolerance Policy" is enforced strictly. Reinstatement is hard to get especially if a status gap is long. Becoming out of status for over 180 days would also subject a person to a three-year bar from entering the U.S. if he/she leaves the U.S. The bar would be ten years if the out-of-status period exceeds one year. Therefore, before worrying about finding a job, you have to always keep a legal status and plan ahead.