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College graduate may be unable to stay in U.S.

A Brazilian woman who graduated from a college in the United States and now lives in Georgia may be facing deportation in the near future. When she began college, she receive an F-1 student visa which allowed her to study in the U.S. After graduating this May, she obtained an extension which enables her to work in the United States. The woman is currently employed at a travel agency in Buckhead, but if she cannot find a sponsor to help her get an H-1B visa by next May, she may be forced to move back to Brazil.

The woman decided to study in the U.S. because she received a tennis scholarship from Presbyterian College. In Brazil, she would not have been able to get a sports scholarship, she says. She graduated from Presbyterian with a bachelor's degree in economics and a GPA of 3.41.

The U.S. has 65,000 slots for H-1B visas and an additional 20,000 openings for students graduating from U.S. colleges. However, there are two to three times as many people who apply for the visas. An Atlanta-based immigration attorney says that the immigration system is a problem for those who graduate from colleges in the U.S. Although the country has helped them get an education, they are sometimes unable to use it in the U.S. Their home countries may not offer the same types of jobs.

An immigration lawyer may be able to help a person obtain an H-1B visa. However, the person will need to have their employer sponsor them. There are also certain qualifications that the person will have to fulfill, such as having a bachelor's degree or the equivalent for the field in which they work. A lawyer can assist a person in understanding these qualifications as well as gathering needed paperwork and filing their petition.

Source: Neighborhood Newspapers.com, "Buckhead resident struggling with immigration issue", Savannah Borders, July 23, 2014

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