Individuals coming to the United States from a foreign country will pursue an H1B visa, which allows them to temporarily work in companies in the country specific to their field of specialty.
Under the H1B visa classification, foreign nationals are permitted to work in the United States for a certain amount of time, up to six years. There are some rare circumstances, however, where an employee can receive an extension beyond the six year max, such as if he or she is currently in the process of becoming a green card holder. It is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in increments of up to three years.
In order to qualify for an H1B visa, there are certain requirements that must be met. The foreign professional must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
Educational equivalence, however, can be obtained through:
The foreign employee’s job will have to qualify as a specialty occupation and one of the following requirements will have to be met:
The H1B visa is only for use by the foreign national. His or her spouse and minor children can live in the United States in H-4 status, but they cannot work.
For further information on H1B visas, the United States Department of Labor is a source of current information on the H1B program.
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