For someone who came legally , studied in the USA and completed his / her degree in the USA but is a non - resident alien with a F - 1 Visa ( student visa ) there currently only is a year period given to get some work experience in the USA ( OPT ) after which the person can't legally work in the USA anymore . That person paid its taxes , knows English and is well educated . After that , that person has to find an employer that would be ready to sponsor the H - B visa ( 5 year temporary visa ) and pay a few thousands of dollars for that . Will the Immigration reform act lift that one year of right to work for those who overstayed their student visa ( because they want to work in the USA as they studied in the USA ) ?
At this point, its impossible to say what immigration reform will bring. The emphasis, however, seems to be on family unity. Keeping highly educated individuals like yourself in the U.S. is also going to be a top priority. But again, it's impossible to say right now since no bill has been passed.
Senator Schumer of New York is one of the key players in drafting what will hopefully become comprehensive immigration reform. I suggest you follow his web site. http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Issues/immigratio...
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