The H-1B visa is mainly for employers in the U.S. who wish to hire temporary foreign workers in specific occupations. The H-1B Specialty Occupation is a non-immigrant visa that permits these foreign workers to work in the U.S from three years to an extendable six-year term.
According to the regulations, a speciality occupation requires the theoretical and practical application of highly specialist skills in multiple fields. The occupation can be:
• Computer Science / IT
• Physical Sciences
However, the specialist occupations are not limited to these professions; it comprises other job sectors as well.
The requirements for a foreign worker include at least:
• A bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent.
• A valid job offer from a U.S employer.
• The employer must demonstrate a labour shortage in that particular occupation in the U.S.
• Before entering the U.S. under the H-1B visa, the applicant must register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The H-1B work permit is only valid for employment with the sponsoring company.
Process for Employers
In order to hire a foreign worker, the employer must undertake the following steps:
• Possess a certified Labor Condition Application (LCA).
• Posses an approved petition with USCIS.
• H-1B Visa Cap
Each fiscal year, the H-1B classification has a numerical limit (ceiling) of 65,000 new visas. The cap does not apply to an extra 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries who have earned a master's degree or higher from U.S. institutions of higher education. Every year in the spring, new applications are available and accepted for submission.
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