Last Updated on March 1, 2013
Students hoping to stay in the U.S. after practical training have few options. They can get married to a U.S. citizen or find a job and apply for an H-1B or an E visa. Recent university graduates usually qualify as professionals for H-1B status. Experience is not a requirement for H-1B visa professional or specialty-worker status.
Students may qualify for E visa status if they are hired by a treaty company controlled by members of their nationality. For example, a Japanese student could obtain an E visa as a professional or manager through a Japanese-owned company.
Quite often, students and employers assume that E visas only apply to transferees from the treaty country, as when managers transfer from the home office to a U.S. subsidiary. A treaty company may hire any qualified treaty national even if they were not previously employed by a related company abroad.