Working in the US

Shu Chin

J1 visa and home residency requirement

Does the word “home residency requirement” cause an unsettling tingle down your spine, and cause you to utter a muffled curse each time you hear it? Does it put an annoying stumbling block on your future plans and career development within the U.S.?


Are you only worth your last drawn salary?

What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual? There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained talent hunter, it becomes pretty apparent. Though if it doesn’t show in the CV, then surely during the interview! 

Isaiah Hankel


5 Reasons PhDs Are Valued More Than Other Job Candidates

The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting a non-academic job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get non-academic jobs and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position.


The National Interest Waiver: A whole new ballgame?

On December 28th, 2016 the Administrative Appeals Office issued a decision in Matter of DHANASAR that has changed the landscape for National Interest Waiver cases.  This is of major importance as the National Interest Waiver is one of only two self-sponsored applications and many postdocs, scientists, researchers, and others use this application to obtain Permanent residence in the US.  In order to explain how this decision has changed the landscape, it is first important to understand what the previous standard was.


US Diversity Visa Lottery – An Easy Green Card, But One That Requires Careful Reading and a Bit of Luck

Even foreign nationals with hard science or advanced degrees can vouch that obtaining a US nonimmigrant working visa and legal permanent residence, also known as the green card, is getting harder and harder. Most foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the US must have either an employer who will petition them, or a close relative who is already a US citizen or legal permanent resident.


The Skills Great Leaders use to Successfully Navigate Change

Leaders are constantly navigating decisions and actions that are critical to the well-being of a project, situation, and/or organization. The importance of these decisions and actions becomes even greater when significant change is occurring, or must occur. In addition, the way in which leaders navigate change can mean the difference between success and failure. Ultimately, leaders must be very vigilant and deliberate in successfully navigating change, and in maintaining the morale of his/her followers.


Who is 'Kazarian' and what does he have to do with my EB1?

This article assumes that you have read my prior blog entries, and know the basic EB1 Green Card requirements and terms.On August 18, 2010, the USCIS issued a Policy Memo that permits the application of a very stringent standard to EB1 cases (EB1A Extraordinary Alien and EB1B Outstanding Researcher cases). The Memo was issued in response to the case Kazarian vs. USCIS of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that has now become infamous. 


Ramos da Silva

The challenge of leaving everything behind, and getting a job in another country.

The decision to go to another country to work in science is based on funding, the job and all the future opportunities that will be open if everything goes well. But the hardest part is that, most of the time, you have to leave everything behind, including family and friends. So, today I would like to discuss this empty feeling that sometimes we try to fill by working more. This is dedicated to those who decided to go to another country by themselves, as it’s both a great and lonely journey.


Moving overseas – making the adjustment

One of the most significant transition points for many scientists is the decision to move overseas. For most people, this occurs at the point of the postdoctoral fellowship, with the experience of conducting research in a foreign country and system, and also one of the key stages in career progression for those who are aiming for international employment.