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What is an H1-B visa?

The H1B visa is an employment-based, nonimmigrant visa for temporary workers valid for 3 years initially.
For this visa, an employer must offer a job in the US and apply for your H1B visa petition with the US Immigration Department. This approved petition is a work permit which allows you to obtain a visa stamp and work in the U.S. for that employer.

H1-B Qualifications?

Total Quota and Lottery:

What is an H1-B visa?

The filing fee for H1B petition is paid by the employer, otherwise called the /H1B Sponsor. The fee ranges from $1,700 to $8,000. The tables below gives an accurate breakup:

For employers with 1 to 25 full time equivalent employees :

For employers with 26 or more full time equivalent employees:

Family Status

The spouse and unmarried children (under the age of 21) of H1B professionals are allowed to stay in the United States under a dependent category called the H4 visa for the same duration as the H1B status.

Permanent Residence (Green Card)

An H1B holder is eligible to apply for permanent residency to USA. H1B does not automatically become a green card. The employer must actively apply for EB3 or EB2 immigrant visas.

Changing Employer

H1B visa can be transferred to a new employer. You can also start working for new employer upon the receipt of H1 transfer case.


Should the H1B holder be working at all times?

As long as the employer/employee relationship exists, an H1B holder is still in status. An H1B alien may work in full or part-time employment and continue to be in status. An H1B alien may:

Change of circumstances

As long as things are smooth and steady, there are no interruptions to the visa holders status. However, personal circumstances change every now and then

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