I'm a UK citizen about to start my penultimate year at university. Like most of my peers, I'm currently seeking as much experience as possible having done a summer internship in London for the past two summers.
I feel like I'm in a good position to get a summer internship next year in the United States, I'm mainly looking at New York/San Fransisco (I don't know if states are different when it comes to short term working visas).
I'm wondering, should I sort out getting the 'right to work' in the United States first before applying, or should I apply first, and guarantee I get a position before acquiring a visa.
My current thought process:
For getting a visa before applying:
- When I've applied for summer internships in the UK before, all employers have first checked my right to work, therefore I feel if I don't have a visa before applying I won't even be allowed to begin the application process.
Against getting a visa before applying:
- I'm still a student and therefore the money is tight, although it would be possible I don't want to have a visa without a job offer