What You Need To Know About H1-B Visas

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If you're interested in working in the United States, you may want to consider getting an H1-B visa. This is different than some other immigration paths, and it can be helpful to know a bit about the process, its rules and some of the exceptions. You should also talk with an H1-B visa lawyer before applying to clarify how your specific situation might be handled.

What Does the H1-B Visa Cover?

Three groups of workers are covered by the program. First, anyone who is working with the U.S. Department of Defense on a cooperative research and development effort likely qualified. Folks who work for some of their designees may also qualify, but that will probably be subject to a higher-clearing standard.

Second, individuals who have specialized training that is in short supply in the U.S. may qualify. Generally, these occupations are ones with at least a bachelor's degree level of education. There are exceptions for qualifications that are considered equal to a bachelor's degree relative to the profession, such as a handful of skilled trades that are in-demand.

Third, fashion models may qualify. These individuals, however, have to demonstrate that they are of distinguished merit and ability within their profession.

Who Can Apply?

An H1-B visa filing is submitted by an employer that is based in the U.S. or has a significant presence in the country. This means that you do not personally apply for the visa. There are other options available for individuals who run their own businesses, such as investor visas, and for freelancers and contractors. Generally, an H1-B worker is a sponsored professional with demonstrable skills working in the employ of another.

Notably, these applications are meant for what are called non-immigrant workers. This means the visa holder does not plan to attain permanent residency, although they do have the right to apply for a different visa at a later time.

How Long Does the Visa Last?

Folks staying on H1-B visas can remain in the U.S. for three years. They may renew their visas, and they don't have to go through the reapplication process required by some other immigration processes in America.

Getting Started

The filing fee is $460, and the verification process may require that you submit to biometric scanning and sampling. The U.S. government will provide you with a receipt for your petition, and a written notice of decision will be sent to you at a later date.


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