I currently work for NYU medical center as a technician in a neuroscience lab, holding a cap-exempt H1B since Sep,2010. I obtained a master degree in Biology from NYU,and got my current job right after my graduation.
Right now, I'm working to switch my career from biology research to finance, and I've been studying CFA and just took CFA level 2 exam. I'm aware that my field of study in graduate school is not related to the job positions I'm trying to get, and very likely, the companies I'm going to work for are subject to cap. I'm interested to know:1. What're my options if I want to work for a cap company though I hold a cap-exempt H1b. I'm aware that I need to apply for a cap H1B for the next year,but is there any other options I have?
2.If I need to obtain a cap H1B for the following, what's the best timeline I should follow in terms of when to find a company, when to file the application,etc. starting from now? I'm thinking to get a part-time internship first before I actually start job hunting. But I want to know the timeline I should follow for the next year's H1B application.
3. Because of my field of study is not finance, I face the possibility that my application will be rejected. Even though I intend to work for companies that focus on equity research in the biotechnology companies, I want to know the best strategy to have it approved. Could you advise in terms of what preparations I should take and what jobs I should look for?Also if I have a part-time internship in the finance, does it affect my current H1B?
4.The other additional question is how long it takes to get green card
if got married to a citizen, and is it legal to stay in the US while waiting for the green card?