The H1B is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa category that allows employers to petition for highly educated foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
Jobs in fields such as mathematics, engineering, technology, and medical sciences often qualify. Typically, the initial duration of an H-1B visa classification is three years, which may be extended for a maximum of six years. Someone who is applying for an H1B work visa must meet very specific requirements with regards to their occupation, their job offer, their skills and their education. An H1B work visa requires that not just anyone can do the job in question.
The H1B Work Visa actually has an annual quota, which means that there is only a certain number of these visas given out every single year.
Steps The Employer Must Take Before Hiring the Foreign:
- Employers must attest, on a labor condition application (LCA) certified by the Department of Labor (DOL) that the employment of the H-1B worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
- Employers must also provide existing workers with notice of their intention to hire an H-1B Worker.
H1B Visa Requirements
- Applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree (or the foreign equivalent)
- Applicant must possess deep knowledge in the required field
- The degree requirement for the job is typical for the job
- The work must be one that requires a professional in a specialty occupation
In addition to the employers, employees or H1B applicants also have to complete these steps:
- Fill out Form DS-160
- Schedule an interview
- Pay the H1B visa fees
- Submit required documents for H1B Visa
- Attend the H1B intervie