Should I really Apply to Study MS or MBA in USA – With H1B Work Permit Lottery ?

In Decide MS - MBA in US by Kumar19 Comments

With  H1B Visa Lottery, which is lottery for temporary work permit to work in USA for advanced skilled workers, for the last couple of years i.e, Fiscal Year  H1B 2017 Quota and Fiscal Year Y H1B 2016 Quota, the option to work in USA for more than an year ( which is after OPT ) after higher education like MS or MBA from an American University is uncertain.  Even if you do everything right like get admission and study at a top 10 school like Harvard/ Stanford, get your dream job at Google/Microsoft,  you have to still rely on your LUCK to get picked in H1B Visa lottery to fulfill your dream to work in USA.  Over the past few weeks, there has been arguments, frustrations, sad stories shared by many, who pursued their higher education in USA , regarding H1B lottery and their future…It is heart touching…This article focuses on some of the common pitfalls in decision making for higher education and help you make more informed decision.

Basic question – Why Higher Education like MS or MBA ? What’s your Goal  ?

As I mentioned in the article Goals for MS in USA, many students are not clear on their goals for higher education. You need to be clear on the below aspects.

  1. Why higher education like MS in USA?
    •  Are you passionate to learn ?
    • Do you want to become a researcher or professor some day ?
    • Do you plan to become a technical expert in certain area  ?
    • …etc.
  2. Why higher education like MBA in USA ?
    • Is management your passion ?
    • Do you want to get promoted into managerial roles  ?
    • Do you want to use your MBA for promotion ?
    • Is it for entrepreneurship ?
    • …etc.
  3. Forget all the above – I want to go to America and Make MONEY !

Both MS and MBA are quite different, many students often are not sure on the differences, they usually ask, I want to study should I do MS or MBA ? They consider it as just Masters…Read MS vs MBA difference .

Passion for Higher Education with Clear Goals – 1 and 2 points of above

If you are pursuing higher education with passion and a clear goal, with path defined and your MS or MBA adds value and helps  you accelerate your journey to reach your goal, then go for it.  You should be very clear on this because, you are investing in your education without expectation that you want to work in America…If you start your education with the goal of just working in US, then you can be disappointed at a later stage with your future depending on LUCK of H1B Lottery ! You will have an opportunity to work in US on CPT during your Masters for 6 to 11 months  and also for about 12 months on OPT, with an option for another 17 months ( total 29 months), if you are par of  STEM degree category….but, that’s about it what you can count on…rest is for luck !  You need to calculate your finances and plan for your education. There is no point in complaining after your MS or MBA that you have loans and you did a mistake, etc…It is a tough call, but you need to make it at the beginning !  Also, beware of the blatant facts of the job opportunities in your home country like India after MS or MBA from USA.

Go to America – Work in America – Make MONEY  – 3rd point of above

If your end goal is to move to America, work there and make Money, maybe settle down there… then you need to really think about it…Though, it may sound logical for many to think that if you do MS or MBA, you fall into Advanced degree cap and have higher chances in lottery…still you are relying on luck…it may not be the right thing to do….You will lose two years of your career…Also, you are just studying to get around and get a degree by spending huge sums of money….it is not JUST MONEY, it is also TIME. Few years ago, the path of MS or MBA used to be very attractive to move to America…but not anymore…in my view,  you should pursue higher education only if you are passionate about it and it adds value to your end goal.  If you are clear on this, you would not  be complaining about your luck and US immigration system at a later point…There are other ways to work in America, like on L1, you just need to pick the right company in your home country and plan accordingly so that you can move to America, if that’s what you want to do…

Many may not agree with my perspective, but that’s the right thing to do…Higher Education should be driven by passion and not just get another degree to work and move to USA…Honestly, getting a Masters in USA, will NOT get you any better job in America, unless it is very specialized and research driven. Your odds are as good as with a Bachelor’s degree and work experience in that field.  Also, USA is not the only country in the world, you have many countries that offer great education with options to work as well. You just need to explore…

What are your thoughts?

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Comments ( 19 )

  1. sarty

    If I do MS in US ,after completion of college what are the ways to stay in US after OPT(29 months).Is getting H1B only option?I am sure there would be some other way people are staying there for long term.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      sarty,
      Usually students after graduation work in US on H1B visa, that’s the way you start off and then apply for green card at later stage.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      You need to get admission from a school and then apply for student visa at embassy to get F1 visa to study in USA.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Smitha, you can apply for cap exempt H1B visa petitions as well, if you get a job with Universities, non-profit entities or research organizations.

  2. aspirant

    Dude,
    I am sure every one whoever watching redbus2us.com are pretty much good in career planning else no one will be interested to leave their parents or mother land for some stupid reasons…with all big lecture above still most of ppl’s doubt is not clear….every one want to know weather their is a chances to do maters in USA in case if any one want to purse their master with H1B1, will universities encourage the same ? rest of decisions on passion or for survival lies on each individual thinking. In fact, I am sure every individual can pick up their own theory to explain their necessity.

    so, now stop to be more like history lecturer and come on to the point as a matter of facts like a maths lecturer. 🙂

      1. Shiva

        A great article and thanks for setting things straight. It was by no means history lecture for me but a great piece of advice that can help in the due diligence process before considering doing masters in the USA with the sole purpose of settling there. Please don’t stop doling out such valuable advice when detractors want to derail your well meaning and helpful advice. Let them move on if they don’t like your post without presenting irrelevant comments . Thanks again.

    1. Abhi

      Even I did not get any receipt or rejection packet from USCIS, but as a backup plan I am doing a internal transfer to Ireland via my company. Did any one hear about receiving rejection packets? My attorney has even stopped responding to my emails regarding H1. Pathetic !!!

  3. Trinadh

    HI,

    The MNC I work for has sponsored my H1B and with luck its picked up in Lottery FY15.
    I have been thinking of pursuing an MBA in US sicne my bachelor’s days, but have not been motivated towards it.
    Now that I have a chance to be in US on H1B, is it legal to study MBA (preferably partime or online) in USA.
    If not, what are the other ways to fulfil my wish to have a MBA in US 🙂
    Thanks in Advance!

  4. Bijil

    I have nearly 6 years of experience and to grow well in my career or to stand apart from the crowd, we need some advanced degree to be with us so that employer can trust us with the expertise which we bring to the table. As i was not motivated enough to go for MBA, i decided last year to study MS which was my long pending passion. After applying for colleges, i received a offer from a US based company for a job in US which i accepted, they applied for H1B and luckily the application was selected in the Lottery process. Also i got admission in NYU as well for my MS in CS. Now for me letting go of any of them is tricky and according to me not an option. I know that after investing in MS i may not end up with an H1b visa because of the LUCK factor, which is important so as to recover my investments, but at the same time i do not want to let go of this opportunity learn as well.

    So what my understanding says, do not know how much feasible it is, is that go for H1b job right now and part time do you MS. What are the challenges i would face is something i am unaware of at the moment.

    What i am thinking is, because the MS session starts in September, i will go on F1 to study there as full time and when my h1b gets approved will come back and let go of F1 and go again on H1b, and this time instead of full-time will study part time? Any thoughts or suggestions will be valuable for the course of action i will be taking.

    Thanks in Advance.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Bijil,
      Yes, with the current situation, getting H1B is tricky and subject to luck. If you want both, you can do it the way you suggested or maybe the better way to do it is get your H1B Visa stamped, defer your admission for next semester and study part time from next semester. The big advantage is you will never have to stop education after your start , no need to travel back and do change of status. Entering US on H1B Visa is good as it is dual intent visa. If you enter US on F1 visa, stop your education and again travel to India for stamping, it may complicate your situation at Consulate for stamping…

  5. Kriti

    Well this is written in a very idealistic manner. Sometimes there are situations which make you move ahead in certain direction you never intended to. Like I have my husband with a well contented job working on his H1B and I came here on my F1 did my masters and could not make it through this LUCK governed lottery. I can’t be sitting idle at home waiting … neither am I passionate of doing another Masters or MBA. But alas I have no choice and I am forced to go in for another degree.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Hi Kriti,
      I can imagine your situation. Did you search for employment at cap exempt universities or research/ non-profit institutions ? One of my friends wife started with volunteering at a school at a research lab as intern and eventually they ended up sponsoring her H1B Visa. It can be difficult, but not impossible. Look around for community colleges, universities, etc..you should be able to find something…Good Luck !

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