H-1B Visa Attorney Serving Phoenix
Helping Employers & Foreign Nationals Obtain Work Visas
Individuals coming to the United States from a foreign country can pursue an H-1B visa. This visa allows foreign professionals to temporarily work in U.S. companies specific to their field of specialty, with the possibility of obtaining permanent work.
Under the H-1B visa classification, such professionals are permitted to work in the country for a certain amount of time, up to six years. The visa is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in increments of up to three years.
Whether you're a professional seeking an H-1B visa or an employer hiring a non-citizen, we can help you. Reach out today to learn more!
Requirements for the H-1B Visa
To qualify for an H-1B visa, 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 education, specialized training, or progressive work experience.
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 job and employer normally requires a bachelor’s degree or higher
- The degree requirement is common for this type of position
- The specific duties is so specialized that knowledge equivalent to a bachelor’s degree is required
The H-1B visa is only for use by the foreign national. Their spouse and minor children can live in the United States in H-4 status, but they cannot work.
Can a H1-B Visa Holder Apply for Green Card?
Yes. If the foreign professional has a H-1B Visa, the visa serves as a dual intent visa. This means that they are eligible for permanent residency by applying for a green card.
Importantly, employees can receive an extension beyond the six year max on an H-1B visa if they are in the process of obtaining a green card. However, you can run into issues if you apply after your H-1B visa expires. Therefor, it is important to apply as soon as possible if you wish to stay in the United States.
Get Legal Help from Kanu & Associates, P.C.
For further information on H-1B visas, the United States Department of Labor is a source of current information on the H-1B program. At Kanu & Associates, we can help you properly file for an H-1B visa. We can help you begin your immigration journey as a foreign worker. We can be the voice you need as you navigate the immigration system in the United States.
Reach out to Kanu and Associates today for answers to all of your pressing immigration questions!