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H-1B Visa: Person in Specialty Occupation

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H visas are often the preferred choice for most professional companies who want to temporarily bring in professionals with specialized knowledge, although there are yearly limits on the number of visas available[1].

These visas must be obtained through the worker's prospective employer, who must file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). An employer must obtain a labor condition application as a part of the visa process.


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Who is the H-1B visa for?

H-1B Visas (Person in Specialty Occupation): The professional must be hired in a specialty occupation that requires a Bachelor's degree or higher, or its equivalent. Examples of specialty occupations for H-1B visas include engineers, architects, lawyers, physicians, and other professional positions.

What Are the Requirements for H-1B Visa?

To apply for the H-1B visa, the applicant and the circumstances must meet the requirements. To be eligible, these requirements must be met:

  • The applicant has a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or the foreign equivalent
  • The applicant must have a deep, thorough knowledge in the required field.
  • The employer must show that there is a lack of qualified applicants in the United States.
  • The degree needed for the position is a typical requirement for it.
  • The position must require a professional or those in a specialty occupation.

How Long Can an H-1B Visa Holder Stay in the U.S.?

H-1B visa holders can stay in the country for a maximum of 6 years. H-1B visa holders are also allowed dual intent, which allows them to apply for legal permanent residency while entering the U.S.

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