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Director: Katayoon & V
Screenwriter: Katayoon & V

“Before Covid-19, 11,450 Iranian students were enrolled in American colleges, according to the Institute of International Education. They are especially prominent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.” After graduating from a U.S. institute, there is temporary employment called Optical Practical Training (OPT) which is related to the student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply for up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization. For those who earned a degree in STEM fields, there is a 24-month extension. Once the OPT period ends, they need another type of visa to be able to stay in the U.S. and be authorized to work legally. The most common type of non-immigrant visa is H1B which is employer-sponsored. Many Iranian students are struggling every year to find a sponsor who is willing to provide them with visas so they can go on with their hopes and dreams in this country. Iranian students feed the American talent pipeline, both inside and outside of academia.
Mahsan, a recently graduated Iranian student currently on OPT, is doing her best to find a job that her employer is willing to sponsor her H1B visa. She is frustrated because she has tried so hard for so long. You’ll wake up with her feeling her anxiety. She will walk you through her work, relationships, and friendships affecting and being affected by the job hunt.