**F-1 to OPT to H-1B to Labor Certification to Green Card**

Many foreign students see this progression as “the way” to permanent residence, with each step falling naturally into place. The reality is much more complicated. Not all foreign students are eligible for their full year of Optional Practical Training. Not all employers will sponsor a foreign worker for an H-1B. Not all jobs lend themselves to Labor Certification. And not all workers with an approved Labor Certification will be able to obtain lawful permanent residence. These are just a few examples of how visas are not as easy as they may seem.

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