The H1-B Visa is commonly known as the “work visa” to most foreigners around the world. It’s a non-immigration visa used by companies to recruit in-demand talent from outside the United States and allow them to live in the USA while working for a company in the USA.
Requirements for the H1-B Visa
Getting an H1-B Visa is as simple as meeting these requirements:
- Do you have a talent or skill that is in short supply?
- Is your occupation considered “specialty”?
- Does your occupation fall into any of these categories?
- Do you at least have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent?
- Is there a company that is willing to “sponsor” you?
Restrictions with an H1-B Visa
- You are restricted to maintain employment with you sponsoring employer.
- Your H1-B Visa is employer specific. If you want to work for someone else, they must petition for an H1-B Visa.
- Your spouse and children are not permitted to work in the United States.
- You are not automatically converted to a permanent resident. If you want a Green Card, that’s an entirely different application and process, and carries entirely different restrictions.
- Employment at Will: you or your employer may terminate your employment and thus revoke legitimate immigration status at any time.
- You cannot extend your H1-B Visa for longer than 6 years.
- You must live outside the U.S. for at least 1 year to become eligible for another 6-year H1-B Visa.