Hey guys I am an international student starting work at a large boutique this July, which thankfully has agreed to sponsor. The Visa allotment process starts April 1st, but my employer is saying that they cannot file for a Visa unless and until I provide them with some proof of graduation (which I cannot do until I graduate in about 3 months). I am not sure how quickly the visas run out, but if it does, I may have to start work on OPT authorization this year, and apply for the Visa next year.
My question to any international students working in the U.S.- were any of you able to get your H-1B Visa in the same year you graduated? If so, how were you able to get your proof of gradation to your employer before graduating (assuming you couldn't graduate before April 1st).
Or is pretty routine to have to start off on OPT for one year, and apply for the Visa the following year?
Finally how quickly do the visas run out-anyone know?