The days of OPT to H1B to PERM are essentially gone...international students must PERSONALLY take charge of their future in the U.S.
Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) April 12, 2010
Jose E. Latour, a former U.S. State Department Diplomatic and Consular Officer who served in Mexico and Africa, and is an A/V rated immigration attorney in Florida, is currently traveling throughout the U.S. speaking to international students regarding the current immigration climate and how it is affecting both our brightest foreign graduates and the U.S. economy as a whole. He and law partner Melissa Venceslau are currently working on a handbook for graduating international students seeking to explore their U.S. immigration options beyond the conventional employment-based visa categories. The presentations, each immediately followed by Q&A/discussion groups, are dynamic, interactive sessions providing innovative post-graduation strategies to graduating F-1 students. Three seminars will be presented this week in Southern California:
USC- Tuesday, April 13, 4 p.m., University of Southern California, Alumni Room at Davidson Conference Center
UC Irvine- Wednesday, April 14, 4 p.m., University of California Irvine, in the courtyard outside Peet's Coffee and Tea at University Center
UCLA- Thursday, April 15, 4 p.m., University of California Los Angeles, Ackerman Union, 2nd floor lounge.
Jose has been blogging for over 15 years and is known for his irreverent and pragmatic approach to results-based immigration planning. Since starting private practice in 1990, he has helped over 15,000 foreign professionals obtain U.S. permanent residency. His current blog, http://www.immigrationinsider.com, is one of the web's most widely read topical blog. The timely seminar will cover:
-tactical planning for seeking employment via Optional Practical Training (OPT)
-how to present your "internationalness" as a plus and not a minus to prospective employees
-Post-graduation OPT strategies to optimize H-1B employment opportunities
-making PERM an intelligent investment in the eyes of your U.S. employer
-what to do if your employer's immigration attorney is terrible
-elimination of the "H-1B entrepreneur" option by USCIS and what you can do about it
-Investment-based immigration options for currently "starving" F-1 students
This is an event which will dispel a lot of the myths surrounding the conversion from student visa status to employment based U.S. residency...don't miss it! Space will be limited at the USC and UCLA events, so those students wishing to confirm their attendance may do so by e-mailing Brad(at)latourlaw(dot)com.