Other possibilities aside from OPT exist (such as H1B), although Concordia staff are not qualified to assist students with these. We recommend discussing these with potential employers and researching what is required, and obtaining proper legal advice from immigration attorneys.
This is a nonimmigrant classification used by an alien who will be employed temporarily (up to 3 years, and can be extended once) in a specialty occupation. It is an employment-based visa, and the employer and employee apply together. While it is a nonimmigrant visa, employees with this visa type may be able to apply for permanent residence. Generally an immigration attorney is consulted to apply, or at large organizations the human resources department may handle this.
Concordia is not qualified to provide assistance with this. However, information can be found at:
- U.S. Citizenship and and Immigration Services Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker
- H1B Wikipedia article
NAFTA and Other Free-Trade Agreements
Employment-based visas may be available for professional from countries (ie Canada, Mexico) who have free-trade agreements with the U.S.