The US H-1B Visa Program is a visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations that require technical expertise in specialized fields. The idea here is that you looked for the candidate in the US for an open position in your company but could not find a match. So, you looked abroad and were able to find one.
H-1B visa is popular for companies wishing to bring in staff for long-term assignment in the US.
- H-1B Qualifications
- Below is a list of some of the qualifications needed to apply for an H-1B Visa:
- US employers can begin applying for the H-1B visa six months before the actual start date of the visa
- Maximum of 85,000 H-1B Visas Granted by USA each Year
- Have a minimum entry requirement of a Bachelor’s or higher degree or its equivalent.
- Hold a foreign degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in the specialty occupation
Positions that are not specialty occupations, or for which the candidate lacks the qualifications/experience for an H1B visa, may be filled using an H-2B visa.
- Other Benefits of H-1B Visa
- The H-1B visa is initially granted for up to three years, but may then be extended to a maximum of six years.
- H-1B Visa is one of the few US visa categories recognized as dual intent, meaning the H-1B visa holder can apply for and obtain a US Green Card while in the US on an H-1B visa.
- H-1B visa holders can bring their spouse and children under 21 years of age to the US under the H4 Visa category as dependents.
- Which Professions Best Fit For An H-1B Visa?
- Science and medicine