I recently graduated with a STEM PhD from a reputed U.S. university. I'm currently an engineer at a large semiconductor firm and my employer sponsors H-1B visa. Being with this employer also provides the most efficient path to obtaining a green card (~3-4 years after submitting application).
I want to transition to management consulting at MBB, but I have a few timeline/immigration-related concerns. Sorry if these have been asked before, but I'd be grateful if you could share your thoughts based on prior experience at MBB and/or know of friends who went through the immigration process at these firms:
1) Do MBB apply for a green card? If yes, at what level do they support this (e.g., senior consultant, engagement manager)?
2) Due to the immeasurable benefits of a green card and the added industry experience I build as I wait for the card for ~3-4 years, I should probably transition to consulting only after I obtain it. Some international ex-employees of my firm have transitioned after a few years and my guess is that they had the green card when they did it. However, if get an offer at that time, will I still enter at the associate consultant level?
Thank you for your inputs