H-1B Visa Quota

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What Is an H-1B Visa?

An H-1B visa is a temporary worker visa that allows certain people to live and work in the United States for a limited period of time. With the sponsorship of a U.S. employer, a foreigner with special skills in fields such as science, medicine, engineering, law, education, etc. can come to the United States and work for three years. This term can be extended up to a total of six years in the United States.

The key basics of a H1-B Visa are:

What Are the Requirements to Obtain an H-1B Visa?

Only certain jobs qualify for obtaining an H-1B visa. For example, it only applies to jobs that require specialized knowledge and at least a B.A or an equivalent degree. The job must also not adversely affect the wages of American workers or displace American workers.

The basic requirements for a H1-B visa are:

How Long Will It Take to Obtain an H-1B Visa?

The amount of time that it will take to obtain a H1-B Visa depends on the action of the government agency. There is a annual quota and limit for H1-B Visas and the employer must make sure that there are still visas available. The typical time for H1-B Visa petitions filed under regular processing can range from 2 months to 6 months. Every H1-B Visa petition case is different and the processing time depends on the facts and the factors that are within the petition.

For premium processing petitions, the USCIS has a 15-calendar day timetable

Do I Need an Attorney?

As H-1B visas are in high demand, it is important to contact an immigration attorney in order to ensure your paperwork is processed efficiently. Without the help of an experienced immigration attorney, you may have trouble obtaining your visa before the quota is reached.

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Last Modified: 11-18-2014 02:13 PM PST

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