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Thread: URGENT! Graphic Designer as a H1B visa?

  1. #1
    Hi,
    I'm despirate for some help! I am an English Designer with 13 years experience and a qualification equal to a degree (an HND in Graphic Design ).
    I have been offered a job and need to get a visa A.S.A.P. Is this easy?

  2. #2
    Hi,
    I'm despirate for some help! I am an English Designer with 13 years experience and a qualification equal to a degree (an HND in Graphic Design ).
    I have been offered a job and need to get a visa A.S.A.P. Is this easy?

  3. #3
    No. H1-B cap dropped to 65,000 as of Oct. 1, and there were already more than 20,000 apps carried over. I'm not sure, but I think there are already more than 65,000 applications for this year.

  4. #4
    HI, Thanks for the reply...any suggestions as to what I can do? the job is due to start in Feb. I am actually engaged,and am planning to marry, do you think this may be an option? What do you think my chances are on an H1B?

  5. #5
    If your employer is willing to pay for premium processing of the H-1B application, you could still get in under this year's cap. You should talk to your employer and/or your employer's attorney about this option. If you really want the job, you could offer to pay the premium processing fee ($1000).

  6. #6
    They are willing to pay the premium processing fee, Do you think I stand a good chance, are you a specialist in the area...can you help??

  7. #7
    The first step is usually the salary. They have to pay at least 95% of the prevailing wage paid to other workers in your geographic area in the same position/experience. The second step is the evaluation of your degree and experience. If you have letters from previous employers and your school diploma and transcripts, it should be a fast process. This step is needed to verify that the combination of your education and experience is equivalent to at least a U.S. bachelor's degree. Now, as for your job of Graphic Designer, the question is whether this job qualifies as an H-1B "specialty occupation." I hope that your employer has a good attorney to help you with the H-1B, since the regulations and forms are too many for most employers to comply with by themselves. I suggest you and the employer discuss your issues with an attorney.

  8. #8
    There will likely be more people seeking graphic design jobs than there will be openings but faster-than-average employment growth is still expected. Rapid growth is expected for desktop publishing as new jobs are created and jobs open up due to labor force turnover. Overall, the outlook is good for the general areas of desktop publishing and graphic design.


    In new projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2000-2010, eight of the ten fastest growing occupations are in the computer and technology fields. Desktop publishers are there at number 6 with a growth rate of 67% with 25,000 new jobs expected.
    A less dramatic, but still important, 27% growth in graphic design employment is expected with a large portion of that increase in the self-employed sector. However, some related fields including word processing and prepress are among the occupations suffering the greatest job declines.
    As those of us doing desktop publishing know, in practice the terms desktop publishing and graphic design are often used interchangeably. Data for both occupations is relevant.
    Skills and Education
    The Bureau of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook lists creativity as a crucial element of all design occupations, including graphic design. While desktop publishers and graphic designers may produce much the same type of materials, desktop publishing is described more in terms of the mechanics of producing books, business cards, newsletters, and packaging. Computer skills and manual dexterity are considered critical for desktop publishers. Web design is also seen as an increasingly important part of both occupations.
    A degree is a distinct advantage for employment although not absolutely necessary. For some design jobs, at least a bachelor's degree may be preferred and a master's degree even more desirable. For desktop publishers, less formal education including on-the-job or vocational training is often sufficient for employment.
    The Handbook suggests that desktop publishers "with more artistic talent and further education may find opportunities in graphic design or commercial art" making a definite distinction between the fields " based on education and creativity. For the most part, desktop publishers are seen as replacements for compositors and typesetters, taking over traditional methods of prepress work using their computers and software.
    Employment vs. Self-Employment
    The jobs for desktop publishers are found primarily in the printing and publishing industries although some work "in-house" at various firms, government agencies, and educational institutions. Graphic designers are largely employed by public relations firms and advertising agencies as well as newspapers and other printing industry businesses.
    Of the almost half a million design jobs in 2000, 190,000 were graphic designers. About 31% of those graphic designers were self-employed. Less than 3% of the 38,000 desktop publishers were identified as self-employed. No doubt these numbers do not reflect the many self-employed individuals doing desktop publishing who don't identify themselves as primarily desktop publishers, including some of the 20,000 self-employed word processors.
    Show Me the Money
    Both graphic designers and desktop publishers enjoyed a similar range of earnings in 2000, from about $20,000 to $60,000 although most were in the middle of that range with desktop publishers usually earning less. The medians by industry were:

    Desktop Publishers
    " $30,600 - all industries
    " $30,940 - commercial printing
    " $24,520 - newspapers
    Graphic Designers
    " $34,570 - all industries
    " $37,570 - management/public relations
    " $37,080 - advertising
    " $29,730 - commercial printing
    " $28,170 - newspapers
    Related
    " $30,310 - prepress technicians
    " $24,710 - word processors
    Bottomline
    There will likely be more people seeking graphic design jobs than there will be openings but faster-than-average employment growth is still expected. Rapid growth is expected for desktop publishing as new jobs are created and jobs open up due to labor force turnover. Overall, the outlook is good for the general areas of desktop publishing and graphic design.
    A degree, a good portfolio that demonstrates your creativity, artistic ability, and visual communication skills, and perserverance are the keys to a career in graphic design in the coming years. For desktop publishers, strong computer skills are essential and the better jobs or advancement are likely to go to those with some formal education or extensive previous experience in desktop publishing and graphic design. Editorial skills and a background or some training in the prepress and printing fields are also a plus.
    Word processors, secretaries, and prepress workers are among the occupations with the largest projected loss of jobs. Some workers in these fields may find it beneficial to seek additional training in computer and desktop publishing skills.

    10 fastest growing occupations 2000- 2010*
    Computer software engineers, applications
    Computer support specialists
    Computer software engineers, systems software
    Network and computer systems administrators
    Network systems and data communications analysts
    Desktop publishers
    Database administrators
    Personal and home care aides
    Computer systems analysts
    Medical assistants
    *Extract of Table 3, Fastest growing occupations, 2000-2010, in "Occupational employment projections to 2010," published in the November 2001 Monthly Labor Review.
    Selected occupations with largest job decline 2000- 2010*
    5. Word processors and typists
    15. Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive
    16. Prepress technicians and workers

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