What you need to know about H1 Visa

Are you planning to work in the USA? Read on to learn more about H1 visa, eligibility, and how to apply.

The H-1B Visa is for foreign professionals who are sponsored by a U.S. employer to work in a specialty occupation in the U.S. An H-1B visa is generally valid for three years and can be extended for an additional three-year period. An employer may also sponsor an H-1B employee for a Green Card, if desired.

Three categories under the H-1B visa:

  • H-1B, Specialty Occupations
  • H-1B2, U.S. Department Of Defense Researcher and Development Project Worker
  • H-1B3, Fashion Model

What Makes Someone Eligible for a H-1B visa?

In order to be able to apply for a H-1B visa for specialty occupations, a potential employee must meet the following general requirements:

  • He or she must have a bachelor’s degree or higher degree.
  • The job he or she is looking to be hired for must require a higher degree or higher training.

What Makes Someone Eligible for a H-1B2 visa?

In order to be able to apply for a H-1B2 visa for U.S. Department of Defense researchers and development project workers, a potential employee must meet the following general requirements:

  • He or she must have a bachelor’s degree or higher degree.
  • The research and development project he or she is to work on is under a government-to-government agreement by the U.S. Department of Defense.

How to Apply for an H1 visa

  1. An employer will need to submit a labor condition application to the U.S. Department of Labor
  2. An employer will submit Form I-129, Petition for a Non-immigrant Worker, along with the labor condition application.
  3. Potential employees will need to apply for the U.S. visa and/or admission from outside the U.S once Form I-129 is approved.

Before your work trip to America, it is important to know about your surroundings, the location you will be working at, find safe housing, and get visitor health insurance that will provide health coverage for you and your family during your stay.

Source: U.S. Immigration

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