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Patricio Cano

I know a lot of people think that Silicon Valley is the mecca of technology, but I think it is actually decaying now. Lots of companies are embracing remote work, the housing crisis in SF and the Bay Area is just a nightmare, and who would want to work in country where the president is a xenophobe?

I know my remarks are off topic, but I would love for you to reconsider. Tech life does not start and end at Silicon Valley.

Ok now that I got that out of the way, getting a job right out of University is probably your best bet to get an H1B visa. Also be mindful that the H1B process is a lottery, and there are far more applicants than visas available. The application process is long, and you need to find a company willing to support you and back you at every step.

It is also well established that there are companies gaming the system. Placement companies from India, like TATA, flood the system with thousands of applications, in the hopes of getting someone in. 1

I would never put myself through that process, but if it is your ultimate goal, I wish you the best of luck

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Kay Gosho Author

Thank you for your advice.
I heard that silicon valley is not good for living. Salary is extremely high but rent fee is also high.
I am wondering why new technologies are born in America. When it comes to web Technologies almost all frameworks and new tools are origin from America.

As you say Tech life does not only in Silicon Valley. I will create or contribute to OSS. Learn Design pattern, Computer Science, then Write code while looking for jobs:)

According to your comment, It sounds really difficult to get H1B visa. Flooding visa is bad for foreigners who want to work there. I also check remote work jobs.

I appreciate your helpful advice! I will consider what to do in the future.

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Patricio Cano

I'm glad you liked my advice.

Regarding your comment about new technologies always coming from the US, that is totally not true. Let's start with Ruby, that is from Japan 🙃

Ruby on Rails was created by DHH, who is from Denmark

Elixir was created by José Valim, from Brazil

Python was created by Guido van Rossum, from the Netherlands

And these are just from the top of my head. There are many other great engineers creating new technologies that are not from the US.

Now, the reason a lot of advances are made in the US, is because of the amount of big companies that invest in new technologies.

Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. all started there. It could be a cultural thing, I'm not sure, but the fact that there is a lot of people with money to invest on new things certainly helps.

There are also other big companies that are also investing in new technologies that are not from the US, Alibaba is a great example. The tides are changing in the world. The US will not be the biggest technology hub in the world for much longer.

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Kay Gosho Author

It seems that I had a bias about technologies.

I searched who created webpack then found a German engineer did. Also a Chinese engineer created Vue.js(Though he had worked in America).
Definitely there are a lot of great engineers in the world not only in America in terms of individual.
Regarding to business market scale and investment for technologies, Chinese company must be a big player already.

I am wondering about my career... to be a good engineer.
Thank you for telling me your opinion with various aspects about career.

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Patricio Cano

Any time. I really think you can really advance your career outside the US. It might even be better to do that first and then try to move there. Applying for an H1B visa is easier if you already have a Master’s degree. You get put on a different list, and there is a higher priority for applicants with higher education.

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Kay Gosho Author

Yeah, actually I don't have Master's degree so it will be hard to get a visa.
I will start to get Master's degree in Computer Science.