Getting a job after graduate from a US’s college or university is a pleasant dream of any foreign student. In the past, there was Optional Practical Training (OPT) which allows the graduate to work for only one year. Now there is a new visa called STEM (acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) giving special treats to those who gain US’s degree in these four related fields. This STEM visa extends the work time from the OPT of one year to another 17 months. (up to 29 months)
The US is in high demand for professionals in these fields. It is easier, cheaper, and faster to attract them from the global pool than to generate or to find from the domestic pool. In addition, the US visa had been given a preference for family-based rather than for intellectual-based or merit-based scheme. Therefore, the US lost the competition of attracting smart people to other developed countries.
This STEM visa is a new big change for foreign graduates from any accredited US’s university in term of much better working opportunity in the US. Furthermore, being on STEM visa, compare to OPT and H1-B (working visa), means more freedom and flexibility to enjoy working there. The process to be a US permanent residence is faster and more convenient as well.
The benefits of studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in the US is not only about working visa but also about the knowledge and learning experience. The US invests billions dollar in research and education. There are unlimited majors or fields to study, to practice, or to work. For example, from acoustical engineer to astronomy or from geographic information system to robotics.
IDP would like to welcome you to visit our office for free and helpful information about this STEM visa or anything in your mind about studying in the US.