I have came to USA on student visa and I am looking for an advise to work as a chef. As by profession I am continental chef on cruizline. Any advice will be really helpful.
You would generally require a US employer to petition you to work as a chef.
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Your options will vary, depending on such factors as whether your course of study relates to the culinary field, whether you are looking for an employment-based visa (temporary) or an employment-based green card (permanent), etc. You should consult an experienced attorney in your area.
I tend to think that you need to find a willing and qualified H1B sponsor in the United States to petition for you.
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An employer must sponsor you for employment as a chef.
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You are not telling us what type of cuisine you specialize, if at all.. An employer, most likely a hotel or restaurant will need to petition you as "Chef". Unless for a J-1 "internship" visa or on H-2B visa ("temporary worker, for a temporary, seasonal, non-recurring need"), the position of Chef, either Continental Cuisine or Foreign Speciality cuisine, e.g. French, Italian, Chinese, etc. does NOT qualify for an H-1B work visa (which would have been the best option), unless for an "Executive" Chef in a large restaurant, hotel or club.
An employer, may, however, file an employment-based "permanent job offer" (for the future) on your behalf, which will ultimately land you green card status, but that job offer/filing will not give you the right to remain here, unless on valid non-immigrant status throughout the entire time (2-3 years) this process will take.
Also note that the filing of an employment-based immigrant petition on your behalf could impede you from renewing/extending your current F-1 status, since F-1 requires non-immigrant intent.
To properly learn about all the options available to you and avoid any costly mistakes, it will be all to your advantage to schedule a private consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer.
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