- What is an H1B visa?
An H-1B visa allows
a foreign professional to come to the United States temporarily to work in
a specialty occupation. H1B visas are valid for three years, and may
be renewed for another three years.
- What is a specialty occupation?
A specialty occupation is defined
as one that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized
knowledge to perform the occupation. In addition, these occupations
require the completion of a course of education resulting in a baccalaureate
degree in the specialty.
- I don’t have a college degree. Am I still eligible
for an H1B visa classification?
It depends on your combination
of education and experience. Generally, three years of work experience
in the occupation will be equal to 1 year of college education. So,
for example, if you have no college education, you may still be eligible for
an H1B visa if you have at least 12 years of experience in the specialty occupation.
- Do I need a job offer to obtain an H1B visa?
In almost all cases, yes.
The visa petition must be filed by the U.S. employer along with evidence that
the employer is eligible to hire for the position under the H1B classification.
you tell me if I qualify for an H1B visa?
We offer an evaluation service.
While we can’t guarantee that that a positive evaluation will lead to an H1B
visa for you, we can help you determine if you have the basic qualifications
in place as well as the necessary supporting documents.
information do you need from me to do an evaluation?
We need you to provide us with
your name, address, telephone, fax or email, date of birth, marital status,
We also need information about your U.S. employer. We ask for name
and location of the U.S. employer, along with the proposed job title and description
of your duties. We also need salary information to compare with Department
of Labor guidelines. A general statement of the type of business the
employer is engaged in is also requested.
We need your employment and educational history. If you do not have
a baccalaureate degree, it is especially useful to discuss your employment
experience in the specialty field in some detail so we can determine if your
practical experience may be substituted for educational requirements.
This should include your present employer, years with present employer,
job title, job description, and whether it is related to the proposed position
in the U.S. The same should be done for previous employers, most importantly
ones relevant to the proposed U.S. employment.
We also need to know how many years of college you have had, if you have
a degree, and if so, what area it is in and how many years of study were required
to obtain the degree. The names of colleges and universities as well
as their locations are requested. Information on postgraduate studies, if
any, would be helpful as well. Finally, if you have any licenses or
certificates that you need in your occupation, please advise us of those.
I am eligible to apply for an H1B visa, what kind of supporting documents
will I need to gather?
As the employer in the U.S. is
responsible for filing the visa petition and the accompanying documentation,
most of the documents required will be obtained and filed by the hiring company.
However, you will need to provide translated foreign educational transcripts
and degrees, a copy of your U.S. degree related to the specialty occupation,
if any, and copies of any licenses to practice the specialty occupation in
I bring my family?
Yes. Immediate family members
can receive a visa to live in the US while you are employed here. They
can attend school, but cannot work unless they apply to INS for permission
to do so.
We can provide certified translations
necessary to process your application.
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