I am currently working as a mental health counselor at an outpatient mental health clinic that specializes in providing individual and group psychotherapy to individuals who have engaged in acts of intimate aggression. I have my own individual caseload of clients, help to co-facilitate groups, conduct intake assessments, and liaise with numerous other organisations.
2. What are you currently working on right now?
I am on my limited permit and am working towards obtaining my license which entails accumulating 3000 hours, 1500 of which need to be direct client contact, as well as passing the New York state counseling exam.
3. What visa are you on right now?
I am on a H1B1 visa.
4. Tell me about any difficulties you may have faced while applying for the visa?
The main difficulty I faced was time management. I had not accounted for the lag time in which my employer would provide documents I required and the constant back and forth in which I was following-up on these requests was frustrating. Scheduling the appointment at the US Embassy in Singapore was also a hassle considering I was in New York at the time and this required coordination with my family back home. The uncertainty of the outcome when applying for my visa was also nerve-wrecking.
5. Do you have any advice for people who might want to apply for the same visa as you?
I would say try and develop a strong, supportive, positive rapport with your employer right from the get-go. This will help to facilitate them advocating for you through this entire process. Also, make it as simple for your employer as possible when asking them to provide necessary information. Setting a specific date in which you want to obtain your visa by and working backwards to ensure you have sufficient time to procure all documents and schedule your interview at the US embassy in Singapore will be extremely helpful.
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