Immigration Issues/Changing J1 status
I am currently on J1 Trainee visa doing an internship in United States. My J1 is not a subject to 2 year rule. I am trying to change my status to stay and work in the US. This is actually my 4th J1 and I am in good standing with US Immigrations, since all 3 times I came back during required program dates and had no run-ins with the law. The only problem is that I cannot extend on J1, since it was issued for the maximum 18 month period. I have a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. So my question is, should I look for a company to hire me on a H1B status or are there any other options for me? Thank you so much!
I do not know enough from the facts that you have supplied to give you a thorough evaluation. It does appear that an H would be a good fit for you. However, there are no current H visas available for the current year and will only become available in October 2008.
I suggest that you schedule an appointment with an immigration attorney so that he can fully evaluate your case and credentials to give you an idea about your options.