1. What is the H-1B visa?

The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant work visa that allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers with
preferred expertise and qualifications in fields such as IT, finance, engineering, architecture or
more. It requires a bachelor’s or higher degree or equivalent.

2. The H-1B Visa Cap

Because of the high demand for the H-1B visa, there is an annual numerical limit (cap) of 65,000
new status/visas each fiscal year. An additional 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries
with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education are exempt from the
cap. However, if you are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education or its
affiliated or related nonprofit entities, a nonprofit research organization, or a government
research organization, the cap does not apply.
USCIS uses a computer-generated lottery process to select the quota.

3. The H-1B Visa Process

qualified workers in the same geographic area, and that your working conditions will not affect
their other employees. The employer then files I-129 H-1B petition to USCIS. Beneficiary employee
can change of status in the U.S. or obtain H-1B visa from consulate.

4. H-1B visa valid period

The initial visa is valid for up to three years. You can start green card sponsorship anytime in the
process or file for an H-1B extension before the existing H-1B expired. Extended visas are limited
to six years, except you started PERM process.

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the globe successfully obtained H-1B visa. Thanks to our years of advocating on behalf of our
clients, we understand the intricacies involved in this process. Contact us and let us help you
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