The O series gives you an initial 3 years (same as the H-1B) and can be extended annually forever - that makes it more generous than the H-1B, so why do you want an H-1B? With an O series you can also apply for a green card the day you get here.
The O is not a dual-purpose visa. I'm only allowed to work so long as I do so with NO immigration intent. The H class is the only dual-purpose visa the US provides, and is thus the only one that allows a foreign worker to apply while working in the US.
As it stands, since I have an O, I should *theoretically* be able to get an EB-1 green card, which is a lot easier and quicker to obtain than the usual skilled worker class. So I'm very lucky in that sense.
You do realize that it can take upwards of 20 years to get a green card, right?
Under what circumstances? (makes a big difference). Also it sounds like the queue is pretty full, so we can get all the immigrants we want. What's the problem from the POV of the US?
Family Class, Second Preference (although I discovered today that I'm actually third preference as I'm married, which likely makes matters worse). British citizens in that category currently have a 19-year wait before their application even begins to be processed.
my father is a US Citizen ... like it or not, there's a large global community now.
If there's such a global community, why should the US be biased towards you just because your father is a US citizen? Many people on this blog complain that Americans want special privileges, and it's true of you too.
I'm here because I'm among the best in my field.
Look me up. My real name's Jim Dovey, and I go by 'alanQuatermain' all over the place, including Twitter, StackOverflow, Github, etc. I've been doing deep-dive stuff inside OS X since 2001, I used to get hired to consult for companies that were starting to do iOS programming when the iOS SDK was in limited beta. I've also been a big player in the eBook world, working on papers and standards for the IDPF (home of EPUB, at which I now hold the position of 'Invited Expert') and the W3C, where I was for a while a member of the CSS, XML, and XML-Security working groups. I'm a founding member of the Readium Foundation and the chief author of the EPUB3 SDK developed there; I remain on the Foundation's board today, though I no longer hold a full-time job within the eBook industry.
You can't expect the US to compete if they can't attract the best & brightest from around the world
Since you haven't provided credentials, why should I believe you are among the "best & brightest"?
- *You* aren't required to believe that, since you're not considering me for a position at your company. If you were, then looking through my resume, my portfolio, and even interviewing me in person would convince you of that fact. It's pretty difficult to get across how good or bad you are at something in just a few words on Slashdot, you know.
- I'm not really referring to myself. I'm referring to the non-US candidates interviewed for positions such as mine at the company for which I work, where they are very adamant that they will only hire the best, and they are very very thorough about doing so.
BTW, do you realize that the term "the best and the brightest" is ironic, right? It was the name of a book by David Halberstam explaining how the vaunted geniuses in the White House got us sucked into the Vietnam War. You may want to find another phrase to modestly describe yourself.
I was unaware of that. Being from England, where it's been used non-ironically as a phrase for as long as my grandparents could remember, I was unaware of that connotation.
is it your assertion that no-one from outside the US couple possibly have anything to contribute?
Of course not, but the only people we genuinely need are those who are tops in their fields. Otherwise we have plenty of home grown talent, and the H-1B program exists to suppress their wages. I assure you that most H-1B's are very far from the best in their fields.
I highly doubt that your anecdotal experience has any more weight than my own. There are plenty of immigrants where I work right now, and they're all very very good at what they do. Freakishly, embarrassingly so, at times— as someone who's used to being able to run circles around most of his co-workers with little trouble.
I find it very hard to believe that the purpose of the H1-B program is to suppress Americans' wages. It *looks* like its purpose is to allow foreign workers to enter the US, contribute to the economy, and apply for permanent residency. Again, the H visa is the only nonimmigrant visa the US provides which allows the holder to both work *and* apply for a green card. In all other cases, the holder is required to leave the US both in order to apply for a green card and to wait for it to be processed— for however many years that may take.