H-1B Visa For Specialty Workers
The H-1B visa allows foreign nationals to work for U.S. employers in specialty occupations that require a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent as a minimum entry level requirement for the job. This visa is often used by computer programmers, engineers, teachers, certain managers, accountants, and many other degree-holding professionals.
H-1B status can be granted for a maximum of six years in increments. However, H-1B visa holders who timely pursue the permanent residence (“green card”) process through employment are entitled to additional extensions beyond the six-year period. One of the biggest advantages of the H-1B visa is that it is considered “dual-intent”, allowing a person to simultaneously pursue temporary H-1B visa status and permanent residency.
While the H-1B visa is advantageous for both U.S. companies and foreign nationals, it is still subject to an annual numerical limitation, known as “the cap”. Each fiscal year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is only authorized to issue a select number of new H-1B visas. Because of the cap, the demand for H-1B visas significantly surpasses the limited pool of visas available each year.
Dyer Immigration Law Group can help you navigate the H-1B visa petition process.
Certain steps must be taken prior to the H-1B petition submission, both by the person applying and the U.S. company involved. Due to the number of steps and requirements, it is essential that H-1B employers work with an experienced immigration attorney.
At Dyer Immigration Law Group, P.C., our attorneys and staff are dedicated to helping our clients successfully navigate the H-1B visa petition process to meet their business and immigration needs.
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