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H-1B Visa Lawyers for Individuals
What is H-1B Visa?
The H-1B visa provides the opportunity for individuals like you to work in the United States. It allows employers to hire qualified foreign workers in the U.S. in specialty occupations on a temporary basis. You have the possibility to obtain a U.S. position based on your acquired skills.
In order to be eligible for the H-1B Visa, the U.S. employer and you as an individual are obligated to adhere to the USCIS conditions and regulations.
The H-1B visa requirements strive to ensure that the U.S. employer and foreign professional comply with the Department of Labor standards. A major part of this compliance is filing for a Labor Condition Application (LCA).
H-1B Visa Process
Once the USCIS approves the H-1B petition filed by the employer, you can then get the H-1B Visa stamped at a U.S. embassy abroad or change status if you already present in the U.S. The H-1B visa is granted for an initial 3 years period unless listed as a Chile or Singapore national. There are additional H-1B Visa requirements that must be followed by both petitioner (employer) and you (employee).
The H-1B visa process involves two major factors: the sponsorship by a U.S. employer and petitioning with the USCIS. The applicant must have a U.S. employer to start the process. When the potential H-1B holder finds a U.S. employer who is eligible and willing to file an H-1B visa on his/her behalf, the employer must receive a labor certification application and submit an H-1B petition to the USCIS.
H-1B Visa Requirements
As an individual, your US employer must be able to justify the exclusive need for this foreign worker/visa holder and prove that the task cannot be accomplished by a local citizen who may either be unavailable or not qualified, either academically or professionally.
H-1B Period of Stay
As an H-1B non-immigrant worker, you may be admitted for a period of up to three years. Your time period may be extended, but generally cannot go beyond a total of six years, though some exceptions do apply under sections 104(c) and 106(a) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21).
Every fiscal year, the H-1B visa is limited by an annual cap of 65,000 visas. However, there are some applicants that are exempt from the cap. Beneficiaries with a U.S. masters degree or higher are exempt from the cap if it is filed among the first 20,000 petitions available.
Also, if you are employed or petitioned on behalf of an institute of higher education it is not subject to the H-1B cap. Related nonprofit entities, nonprofit research, and government research organizations are H-1B cap-exempt.
Your spouse and unmarried children have the option of admission through the H-4 visa. However, members on the H-4 visa are not authorized to work in the United States.