It’s a bit funny how transcripts are a less valid proof of being a graduate than a paper that can and is easily forged here. Okay, getting off my soapbox before I can even get on it.
If you came in November and stayed for a year, you would get the tax reduction on the income earned January 2005 until you left since the taxes run from 1/1 to 12/31. You would get it, but not until next year. I do agree now that perhaps working a few months would be better than trying out the market now. Come to think of it, that’s what I did, but I had a job before I came (and still work there three school years later! I wish everyone could be so lucky!) so I wasn’t as worried about income. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, but rather just lining up interviews overseas and then doing the legwork once you got here. Best of luck to you.