posted on Mar, 18 2011 @ 08:56 AM
This is a nice enough gesture, but I don't think it's that simple. Nothing has happened yet that would displace people from Japan completely. I
don't think anyone from there can yet apply to be a refugee. (Those affected by the tsunami are in shelters, but some are relocating already, and
there isn't anything 'yet' wrong with the land itself, at least going by reports of what 'normal' radiation levels are). Without the refugee
classification, people would still need to go through the traditional streams to work in the US and get a Visa.
I am Japanese. Fortunately, I wasn't in Japan when the quake struck. But I am supposed to be returning in ten days or so to continue my job search.
And, by the look of the markets, I'm not too optimistic. All my higher education was in the US as well, but I wasn't able to find anyone willing to
Interestingly, for the last several years, USCIS has been pushing back the H1B filing date because applications aren't meeting the quota. The
economic situation is just soo bad that I don't think companies are willing to sponsor. And you can't just pick up any old job either. It needs to
be something that at minimum requires a bachelor's degree.