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International Linguists and the US Job market

Date Submitted: 14-Mar-2009
From: Serena Crivellaro
Subject: International Linguists and the US Job market
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Notice: Hi All,

Do you happen to know someone who
(1) Studied Linguistics
(2) Is not a US citizen
(3) got an H1-B visa for work in consulting

If so, please send me an email!

The long and short of it is: After studying Linguistics for 6 years at two top tier schools (BA + MA) I decided to take a break and pursue the fast cash of the consulting industry. (Bad timing with the crisis, I know). Now I'm trying to apply for the visa but my lawyer insists that I have 0% chance of getting it--because of the Linguistics degrees... Any evidence of the contrary would help me keep my job!