The SYCK Career Podcast

Ep 55: Immigrants - They Get The Job Done with Aditi Paul


For many, the dream of working and living in America can seem far out of reach due to the grueling nature of the US Visa acquisition process. The waiting times are notoriously long, and the costs associated with obtaining a visa can be exorbitant, leaving many to question if the investment is worth the risk. Even for a visitor visa, the process can be complex and the outcome uncertain. Moreover, employment terms for visa holders can create time-sensitive limitations that further complicate the process. 

In this episode of SYCK Career, I am joined by Dr. Aditi Paul, a researcher and ex-tenured professor as she shares her personal experience as an immigrant and the challenges she faced in navigating the US immigration process. We also discuss the different visa options available to international students and professionals and the importance of being proactive in exploring alternative paths.   

Tune in to this episode as we delve into some of the complexities of the US visa process and shed light on the challenges and obstacles that many visa applicants face.

In This Episode:

  • [05:27] Dr. Aditi Paul recalls the process of acquiring her US visa. 
  • [11:21] Challenges in employment as an international student.
  • [15:01] How to be proactive in seeking a path to acquire a US visa.
  • [20:29] Strategically making a decision for your future, especially if you're coming to the US as a postgraduate student.
  • [34:13] The winning strategy to get a US visa if you want to work in America.
  • [42:53] Aditi’s SYCK advice to the listeners


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Aditi Paul is a professor and mixed-methods researcher based in New York City. She uses her multidisciplinary background in computer science and communication studies to examine the impact of using human-centered technologies like social networking sites and online dating services.

Aditi’s research has been published in top academic journals and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as The Washington Post, Women’s Health, The Telegraph UK, Huffington Post, and NBCNews.

Her new book, "The Current Collegiate Hookup Culture: Dating Apps, Hookup Scripts, and Sexual Outcomes," is out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Walmart.

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