Benefits of the H1B Visa
You do not have to maintain a foreign residence and show intent to return to your home country while applying for the visa
Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your H1B status. They can also attend school
You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. provided you have a valid visa
Requirements for the H1B Visa
Criteria for Determining Employer's Eligibility
To be eligible for sponsoring an H1B visa, the employer must prove that:
The position offered requires knowledge, both theoretical and applied, which is almost exclusively obtained through studies at an institution of higher learning
The position requires a specific course of study which relates directly to the position
Attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree in the specific activity
(or its equivalent) is a minimum requirement for the position
Criteria for Determining Employee's Eligibility
To be eligible for an H1B visa, you must demonstrate that you have:
Full state licensure to practice in the occupation, if such licensure is required to practice in the occupation
Completed the degree required for the occupation or possess experience in the specialty equivalent to the completion of such degree
Recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions relating to the specialty
Positions Generally Considered Professional
Accountant, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Computer Programmer, Dietitian, Electronics Specialist, Fashion Designer, General Manager (where business is complex), Graphic Designer, Hotel Management, Industrial Designer (with B.A.), Interior Designer (commercial), Journalist, Librarian, Medical Records Librarian, Medical Technologist, Minister, Orthopedist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, Technical Publications Writer and Vocational Counselor.
Note: If your position is not listed above, you may want to contact us to determine if the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would consider the position offered to you as a professional position.
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Applying for the H1B Visa
You cannot apply for an H1B visa as an individual. A U.S. employer has to sponsor your H1B visa. To sponsor you, the employer must:
File a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor
File USCIS Form I-129, Petition for nonimmigrant worker with H supplement and supporting documentation and the approved LCA with the USCIS
If you are overseas, you must take the H1B approval notice to the American Consulate to obtain the H1B visa. If you are already in the U.S., you can start working for your employer as soon as you receive the H1B approval notice.
Note: If you are currently on H1B status, then you can start working for a new employer upon filing of the new petition.