Yes, F-1 students have full U.S. work authorization as part of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to 12 months post-completion of the MBA program.
J-1 students have full U.S. work authorization for up to 18 months as part of Academic Training (AT) work authorization. Employment must be directly related to the student’s major area of study.
OPT is a temporary employment authorization designed to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired at Kellogg to a work experience that is directly related to the student’s major area of study.
Most students have a maximum of 12 months of OPT authorization, during which time they may transition to another visa type such as H-1B.
The employer is not responsible for filing any forms or fees. Students can obtain an OPT recommendation from a designated School official, an advisor in the International Office at Northwestern University, then mail the OPT application along with copies of other requested documents to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). Within 2-3 months, USCIS approves the application and issues an EAD (Employment Authorization Document), a card which indicates the period of OPT.
The current filing fee is $325. Unless exempt, employers must also submit:
Employers who have 50 or more employees in the United States and more than 50 percent of petitioner’s employees in the United States are in H-1B, L-1A or L-1B nonimmigrant status are required to submit an additional fee $2,000
For employers seeking a faster processing service the Premium Processing Service fee is $1,225
Yes. The number of new H-1Bs issued each year in the United States is subject to an annual quota. Each H-1B quota (or “cap”) applies to a particular fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1. Applications for the upcoming fiscal year are accepted beginning on the preceding April 1 (or the first working day after that date).
As soon as the quota is reached, no petitioner can obtain an H-1B until Oct. 1 of the following fiscal year.
Students who have held H-1B at some point in the past six years before starting the MBA program are not subject to the cap. Not all H-1B petitioners are subject to this annual cap.
Please note that the time required to reach the quota varies each year.
Yes. Certain country-specific long-term working visas offer advantages, such as no quotas and in some cases lower fees and quicker processing. Such visas include:
Other options to the H-1B temporary working visa include: