Get the Assistance You Need for Your H-1B Petitions
Foreign workers fulfill an essential need in the American economy, especially in the fields of science, technology, and mathematics. An H-1B Visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows United States employers to hire specialized, highly-educated individuals on a temporary basis. Generally, an H-1B visa is valid for three years, but it may be extended for up to six years. Only 65,000 H-1B visas are issued per year with an additional 20,000 H-1B visas reserved for foreign workers who have an advanced degree from an accredited US university. Visas are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis each year beginning in April. In recent years, the cap for H-1B visas was reached in five days so an immediate, complete, and timely filing is essential.
Do You Qualify for a H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa Program?
The H-1B Visa program includes both requirements for the employer and the foreign worker. There are many requirements, but the job position and degree requirements must be met for all H-1B petitions.
The job position must be for a “specialty occupation” and requires the following:
- A bachelor’s degree or higher, or its equivalent;
- “The degree requirement for the job is common to the industry” or is complex and/or unique in a way that requires an individual to have a degree to be successful;
- An “employer normally requires a degree to its equivalent for the position;” or
- Job duties is specialized and requires knowledge usually associated with the completion of at a minimum a bachelor’s degree.
The foreign worker also must meet the following degree requirements:
- Completed a US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent foreign degree to be utilized for the specialty occupation; or
- Completed a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited US university to be utilized for the specialty occupation to be eligible for a Master cap selection
We have a Unique Perspective for Specialty Workers Coming to the United States
Based out of Chicago, Illinois, with additional offices in Schaumburg, IL, and Madison WI, the Francis Law Center is committed to serving the immigration needs of clients throughout the world. Our clients include people coming to the United States from India, Pakistan, Latin America, Canada, Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, Korea, and elsewhere.
The Francis Law Center is committed to practicing immigration law. In fact, it is the only kind of law we practice. Attorney Jae Francis Lee brings experience as a professional, working as a Professor of United States History at the University of Wisconsin and holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He understands the importance of in-depth research and meticulous documentation required for a successful H1-B Visa petition. As a result, we can help you understand your options when it comes to qualifying and filling an H-1B petition.