Many international students seek an H-1B visa to work in the United States after graduating from an American university. While their American colleagues focus on job seeking, the added steps involved in getting an H-1B visa make the job hunt that much more challenging. Just as there isn’t an obvious path towards a credit card for international students, there isn’t an obvious path for them to work in the U.S. Even if you can’t control what happens, you still want to stay informed. That’s why we’ve laid out the process of following your application, step by step:
1. Connect with your DSO.
Designated school officials (DSO) are hired to maintain the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) for international students on your campus. They regularly check in with Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) which has the most up to date information on your status. When and if your H-1B application is selected for the lottery, your SEVIS ID will be updated to reflect that — a positive first step. It’s also a good sign once you actually receive your receipt number, which means you’ve officially been entered into the lottery.
2. Track your application.
From there you can use the receipt number to monitor your status yourself, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers an online tracking tool for your H-1B application.
3. Submit a ticket.
If you’re missing an authorization, your request is taking longer than you requested, or any other abnormal situations arise, you can also submit an e-Request for support with your particular issue.
The USCIS offers more detailed information on processing times for your particular case and location here.
Another handy resource is this Department of Homeland Security Glossary for some of the terms and acronyms (like STEM, DSO, or SEVP) listed above, and many more.