Some of the world’s greatest minds and best workers are found outside the borders of the United States of America. If you are an American employer looking to hire a foreign worker who has received a minimum of a US equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, you must petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for an H-1B visa. While this process is in many ways easier than petitioning for a green card, as with any immigration-related manner, it can expose employers to costly errors and delays if handled incorrectly. At SAC Attorneys LLP, our trusted San Jose immigration attorneys intimately understand the ins and outs of applying for an H-1B visa and can provide the steadfast legal guidance you need to maximize your chances of approval.
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The H-1B is a non-immigrant employment visa that allows employers to temporarily hire foreign workers for occupations that require theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, such as biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, medicine, law, education, accounting, or the arts. The United States government only issues a total of 85,000 H-1B visas each year. While this may seem like a high number at first glance, this cap is frequently met each year. For this reason, if you are interested in hiring a foreign specialist, it is important that you take action quickly to avoid having to wait another year due to this cap.
To be eligible for an H-1B, specialists and employers must also fulfill the following criteria:
If granted, an H-1B visa will allow a foreign worker to live and work in the United States for three years, which may be extended to six years if required by the occupation. Once a green card is filed, foreign worker may be able to extend H-1B beyond 6 years, subject to certain requirements.
At SAC Attorneys LLP, our San Jose immigration lawyers are passionate about helping individuals from all walks of life pursue employment opportunities in the United States. Our team of professionals will work with your company and use our extensive knowledge of employment-based immigration to handle the legal heavy lifting on your behalf. With unmatched dedication and personalized attention given to each case, your immigration matter is sure to be in excellent hands.
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