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Hi. I am an international PA student on rotations in south Florida. Does anybody have any insight on what the job market is like in general, and also for international students graduating from programs. If you have a recent personal experience please feel free to share. Thanks

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To work in the US you would need to be graduated from an ARC-PA accredited program and sit for the PANCE and pass. 

Thank you. Let me reiterate.

 

I attend a program in the US but I am a non-US, Canadian citizen here on an F-1 visa.

My question is directed to anyone who was/is in the same boat who has experienced getting a sponsorship through an employer for an H1-B visa.

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Good evening everyone, 

 

I got a couple of questions to ask:

 

Does anyone know if PA program falls under STEM OPT extension or not?

 

Do we need to do CPT during clinical rotations of PA program?

 

How impossible it is to get H1B and can you be considered H1B quota exempt if get job offer from hospital?

 

Can you work in Canada with US PA ?

 

THANKS!!!

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1. PA does NOT fall under the STEM extension, I already checked with my school

 

2. Yes, you do need a CPT for each rotation if it's at a different location each time

 

3. The H1B is a very complicated process, if you work for a for-profit organization you will need to enroll in the lottery, and that's based purely on luck. I was lucky enough to be chosen and current hold an H1B, sponsored through my hospital.

4. Yes you can work in Canada with a  US PA degree

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It's possible, but difficult to find an organization willing to spend legal fees to sponsor you for an H1B, I work in Detroit which is a border city, I got a job on my F1 at the hospital I rotated at, and I was able to convince them to sponsor me. Of course they are more experienced with sponsorships since they hire lots of Canadians as Detroit is a border city. So you might have better luck with border cities. However I'm not sure about elsewhere.

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Thank you balsam88.

So when you went on rotations, you basically have to work more than 20 hours a week. Which means after rotating for 12 months you lose the OPT option, right? Did you still have OPT after you graduate? Or did you go straight to H1B?

Thanks!

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On ‎7‎/‎29‎/‎2017 at 11:57 AM, OneStepATime said:

Thank you balsam88.

So when you went on rotations, you basically have to work more than 20 hours a week. Which means after rotating for 12 months you lose the OPT option, right? Did you still have OPT after you graduate? Or did you go straight to H1B?

Thanks!

Rotations were included as CPT. OPT started when I was actually employed as a practicing PA and that was good for 12 months, plus another 6 months while my H1B was being processed.

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On 7/29/2017 at 2:18 AM, balsam88 said:
On 7/29/2017 at 2:21 AM, balsam88 said:

It's possible, but difficult to find an organization willing to spend legal fees to sponsor you for an H1B, I work in Detroit which is a border city, I got a job on my F1 at the hospital I rotated at, and I was able to convince them to sponsor me. Of course they are more experienced with sponsorships since they hire lots of Canadians as Detroit is a border city. So you might have better luck with border cities. However I'm not sure about elsewhere.

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Thanks, guys!

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Hello,

 I got accepted into a pa program in south Florida and wanted to know as a Canadian citizen, is there a chance I would be able to get a visa and work in the states as a PA. I live cross border from Detroit myself and found out they don’t give out TN visas? Please let me know, as I don’t know many Canadians who are working in the states and I don’t know if I should be going to PA school in the states if I can’t even work there. 

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