The US H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. Under the visa a US company can employ a foreign worker for up to six years.
The US H1-B visa is designed to be used for staff in specialty occupations. The job must meet one of the following criteria to qualify as a specialty occupation:
1.Have a minimum entry requirement of a Bachelor's or higher degree or its equivalent.
2.The degree requirement for the job is common to the industry or the job is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree.
3.The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position.
4.The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree.
1.Have completed a US bachelor's or higher degree required by the specific specialty occupation from an accredited college or university.
2.Hold a foreign degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's or higher degree in the specialty occupation.
3.Hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification which authorizes you to fully practice the specialty occupation and be engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment.
4.Have education, training, or experience in the specialty that is equivalent to the completion of such a degree, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.
The H-1B visa is initially granted for up to three years, but may then be extended to a maximum of six years.
H-1B visa holders can bring their spouse and children under 21 years of age to the US under the H4 Visa category as dependents.
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