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Hi everyone. This is the situation: I have a friend in Iran who desperately wants to immigrate to the USA for obvious reasons about the situation in Iran for women and citizens in general because it's a theocracy. She has a Bachelor's in Biology though currently she does not work as a Biologist because of very little demand for that field in Iran. My questions are below and please no replies about marriage, fiancee or family visas:

1. Which work visa is better suited for her and her field?

2. i understand a job needs to sponsor her but what does she do if she does not have a job offer in the USA? Should she start applying for Biologist positions and doing interviews via Skype? Perhaps job fairs/recruitments in Europe which American companies attend?

3. What about as a refugee or asylee? Women are not treated very well in Iran afterall.... though nothing has really happened to her that I know of.

I think that is the only questions i have for now... if i have other questions i will add it later in the thread. Thanks.....

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Why she wants to go only US...??? why not any other country where women treated as good as men and also she can get a better job... its seems like she just want to have US citizenship.. Getting a Work visa from US is not easy as long as for its own local company there is alot of process is involved.

Advise her to apply for Canadian or Australian citizenship with her Degree behalf. I am sure they will accept her.

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I agree, why only the US? Are you, the 'friend' part of that reason?

I suggest if she is that desperate to leave Iran that she opens up her search radius.

If she is bent on the US then she NEED a U.S. company to sponsor her for a work visa

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GC Lottery?

What does she have to offer a US Employer? She does not work in the area of her qualifications?


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Why she wants to go only US...??? why not any other country where women treated as good as men and also she can get a better job... its seems like she just want to have US citizenship.. Getting a Work visa from US is not easy as long as for its own local company there is alot of process is involved.

Advise her to apply for Canadian or Australian citizenship with her Degree behalf. I am sure they will accept her.

That she wants U.S. citizenship goes without saying... Anyone who wants to immigrate to the U.S. wants a better life and citizenship. Canada & Australia are not options for her because she wants the U.S. It is simple as that. Like if you wanted a Cadillac and not a Ford car... same thing.

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Sounds like all she can afford is a Yugo.


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I agree, why only the US? Are you, the 'friend' part of that reason?

I suggest if she is that desperate to leave Iran that she opens up her search radius.

If she is bent on the US then she NEED a U.S. company to sponsor her for a work visa

good luck

I'm not sure what you mean about "Are you, the friend part of that reason?". We are friends and she is a friend who is in Iran. I'm in NY. <shrugs> .

As for needing a U.S. company to sponsor her, that also goes without saying. I mentioned it in my original post that i already know that. But how to go about it if she does not have one for sponsor right now? Start applying with pharmaceutical and other biology/science related companies via internet? Do interviews via skype? Travel to Europe to job fairs where U.S. companies attend? etc. etc. Everyone says you NEED a U.S. company to sponsor you but no one says how to go about it.

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There is no simple answer. It depends on the individual circumstances.

Certainly seen it mentioned that you make them come to you. Most of the people I have come across were approached by the US company.

Linkedin for example.


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GC Lottery?

What does she have to offer a US Employer? She does not work in the area of her qualifications?

She already entered the Visa Lottery 2 times and was not picked. She re-entered in Oct 2014 and the results come out in May.

As for what she can offer a US Employer, a much needed employee in the field of science. If you read articles and such lately, the U.S. needs to fill positions in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math). Hence why H-1B visas are so in demand by both big and small companies.

And no, she hasn't worked in Biology other then to tutor other students in Biology & science. The reason being is because there is not a big demand for biologists in Iran. But she has the knowledge & degree to do the job.

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Sounds like all she can afford is a Yugo.

She has money and can support herself financially. Money isn't the issue, just the visa to enter the country is. So I would say she can probably afford a BMW give or take.

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There is no simple answer. It depends on the individual circumstances.

Certainly seen it mentioned that you make them come to you. Most of the people I have come across were approached by the US company.

Linkedin for example.

I have mixed feelings about Linkedin... i myself have a profile there and have never been approached by any company in my field. Any other suggestions for jobs? I redid her resume and a generic cover letter. Even have a long list of bio related companies and wondering if just sending resumes to their "Careers" links might work.

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Further edu action maybe, followed by OPT and a job offer.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Further edu action maybe, followed by OPT and a job offer.

The edu action would have to be in the U.S. as staying in Iran for that is not an option..... what is OPT?

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