If you are an international student studying abroad in another country, chances are you spent your first year adjusting to the culture and lifestyle in your new country. When your life finally gets back on track, some of you may be itching to go somewhere else again. After all, your new friends who are studying in their own country all seem to be taking a semester to study abroad.
Say that one morning, you come into the office and attend your meeting as usual. When you dash for the exit after enduring rounds of boring status updates, you are stopped by the HR manager. You know something is wrong. When you’re told that due to corporate restructure, your position will be eliminated, your heart drops.
After numerous mishaps while working with a small law firm hired by one of my previous employers two years ago, winning the notorious H-1B lottery was the biggest relief to my endless panic attacks waking up every morning thinking that I would have to pack up and leave the country for good. Since then, I have changed employers multiple times and effectively doubled my salary within a year while holding the H-1B visa.