leaving US, VISA issues

(LONG POST) On a contract job currently (work in healthcare consulting). Interviewed with a startup consulting firm in Jun’18. Loved what they were doing. Found we were a great fit. Got offer (contd)

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Went to India in Aug’18 as dad was ill. While there, went to get visa stamped based on my updated i94 with the current company - I had an approved extension till 2020 (visa transfer with the new company was supposed to start after I came back from India). The visa stamping led to administrative processing, and ended up staying there for 3 weeks. During this time, premium processing got suspended. Came back to USA in September. Applied for visa transfer in October (regular processing). Got an RFE in December about specialty occupation and beneficiary qualification. Responded to it in February, along with request for premium processing. Got to know today that the transfer was denied. This is officially one of the toughest ordeals in my life. You are stuck at a temp job eating up your visa years with low pay. Even if you get a job that you love and are recognized for, USCIS puts its nasty head (sorry for the language) to tell you that you are not worth it (and I still don’t understand how they can judge a specialty occupation). I am sitting here wondering what’s the next best option. I have a masters from India which is not in the field I work in. Have been on h1b for two years now. I look at 3 scenarios: 1. Apply for another job - in regular processing for now. Move if I get one. I love consulting though, and with the way things are going, don’t know if consulting is the next option anymore. So maybe apply at the marketing departments of my clients 2. Leave work for sometime. Go for a masters course in the field I work in. Then come back and join the companies in the same field. That way, I will get some break as well. I will be left with limited h1b years though, and will have to use it judiciously 3. Look for opportunities in Canada. Apply for a PR. Search for opportunities there. Take a pay hit if it warrants it Would love for feedback. I know it’s a long post. Sorry but today it just feels like my knees have gone weak

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Sailed the same boat last August. I went back to home country and came back on H4 and took a short break. Honestly that was the best break after all that ordeal. I would say do what matters to you most. If you don’t like what you are doing today, it really is not worth doing anymore. Take a break, go to school or just take a break and find another job when you are ready.

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