The H-1B work visa is one of the most sought-after types of visas each year. Because there is so much demand for the H-1B visa, there is a cap on how many can be approved each year. Currently, the cap is at 65,000 H-1B nonimmigrant visas and additional 20,000 for advanced degrees per fiscal year. That’s why you need an immigration attorney who understands how to navigate the ever-changing immigration process. The experienced team at Ellen Freeman Immigration Law Group will help you successfully complete the H-1B visa process so you can bring the employees you need to your company.
An H-1B visa is necessary when an employer wants to hire foreign workers for a job in a specialty occupation. The person receiving an H-1B visa is only allowed to work for the sponsoring company.
There are a number of benefits related to the H-1B work visa.
To be eligible for an H-1B visa, foreign-born professionals must work in a specialty occupation requiring “theoretical and practical application” of a unique discipline. They must have at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the discipline applicable to the job. Fields such as IT, medicine, math, engineering, law, accounting and other difficult-to-master occupations are eligible for H-1B work visas. The company wanting to hire a foreign must engage H-1B visa sponsorship.
To file an H-1B visa petition, there are steps that both an employer and a potential employee must take in the H-1B visa process.
The USCIS utilizes a lottery to select which applicants will receive an H-1B work visa. The selection process by the USCIS is entirely random. If an applicant is selected, the USCIS will notify an employer, if outside the U.S.
Foreign workers with an H-1B visa status are allowed to stay in the U.S. for up to six years. Initially, the H-1B status is valid for three years and may be extended for an additional three years.
The fees associated with an H-1B visa can vary depending on the size of the company. The H-1B cost for an employer includes