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h1b work permit as a technology specialist?
« on: Apr 17th, 2005, 11:39am »
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Dear fellow board members,
The law firms that hire Technology Specs, do they care if the person is US resident or not? Will they hire foreigners who already have a US work visa (H1B)? If yes, will they process green card applications for these people after they employed them for a few years?
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John M.
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Re: h1b work permit as a technology specialist?
« Reply #1 on: Apr 17th, 2005, 10:09pm »
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Before that, you will need to find if USPTO will accept your immigration status before allowing you to register.
 
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Re: h1b work permit as a technology specialist?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 17th, 2005, 10:12pm »
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They probably do not care about citizenship, they will only care about whether the person is legal to work in the U.S. I think it is unlikely that they will sponsor an H1b visa - hiring a person initially or hiring someone that already has one. Just my opinion, though.
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Re: h1b work permit as a technology specialist?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 18th, 2005, 6:56am »
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We have two H1b Canadians at my firm.  It's an uphill battle to find a job just because of the extra effort and cost of dealing with H1b's.  You have to be an upper level candidate.  Already having the visa helps.
 
I don't know about the green card, but generally, if a firm considers you to be a valuable asset, they'll do what it takes to keep you.  Then again, that H1b makes you less portable...  
 
As for registering with the PTO, they will let you take the patent bar regardless of immigration status, BUT if you are an H1b, you are never listed as an agent.  There's a special status deal where you have to send in a document showing the status everytime you sign a document or talk to an Examiner.  If you are a permanent resident (green card), my understanding is that you can become an agent.
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Re: h1b work permit as a technology specialist?
« Reply #4 on: May 24th, 2005, 2:49pm »
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melwrc,
 
I would be interested to hear about those individuals.  I am a canadian myself working at major US law firm - but I am on a TN and in the process of trying to find another job.  I already lost a job offer due to the visa.
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