Building a Bridge to Success: Mastering the International Student Visa and H1B Journey

Embarking on a journey to study in the United States is a dream for many, but navigating the complex process of obtaining a student visa can be daunting. In this two-part podcast series (listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify), we unravel the steps involved in legally studying at the University at Buffalo.

Episode 1 – Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify

In this episode we engage in a candid conversation with two international MBA students, ⁠Shashwat Raj Singh⁠ and ⁠Akshay Koltewar⁠. who share their personal experiences and the meticulous steps they undertook to secure their F-1 visas. Their stories are a testament to the dedication and determination required to achieve educational goals abroad.

Our guests underscore the critical importance of demonstrating “non-immigrant intent” and ensuring they have the financial resources necessary for their education and proper documentation. Their insights offer a practical guide for prospective international students aspiring to follow in their footsteps. In addition, ⁠Jenna Lenz⁠, a representative from UB’s Office of International Student Services (ISS), sheds light on the intricacies of the visa application process. Listeners will get an insider’s perspective on the required documents, the visa interview, and the common challenges faced by applicants.

Episode 2 – Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify

In episode 2, our guests share their experiences and expertise on the intricate process of transitioning from a UB student to a successful working professional. This episode is a goldmine of information for international students aspiring to launch a successful career in the United States. Our distinguished panel of experts includes ⁠Katie Rusek⁠ from the Career Resource Center, ⁠Jenna Lenz⁠ from the Office of International Student Services and recent School of Management alum, ⁠Dipin Vidyadharan⁠. They discuss a wide range of topics, including the nuances of the application and visa process, offering invaluable insights into the dos and don’ts of securing a position in a land of opportunities. They emphasize the pivotal role of networking and how forging meaningful connections can make a significant difference in your career trajectory.

The transition from Optional Practical Training (OPT) to H-1B visa status can be daunting, but fear not, as our experts demystify this crucial phase. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the H-1B visa application process, timelines, and tips for a smooth transition.

If you’re an international student with dreams of studying in the U.S., this series provides a roadmap to success. Gain valuable insights and firsthand experiences that will empower you to embark on your own journey to study at the University at Buffalo School of Management.

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