H1B1 Visa Applications: What you should know

At Niren and Associates we also deal with U.S matters. The H1B1 visa is a Free Trade Agreement made with both Singapore and Chile; this took effect on January 1 2004. Only applicants from Singapore and Chile are eligible to apply for an H1B1 as a principle applicant.

The spouse and children of the applicant are automatically able to accompany the applicant. The child/children must be under 21 years of age.

Understanding the H1B1 Visa Application ProcessH-1B Visa immigration lawyer

The H1B1 applicant’s position must be a specialty occupation. This occupation requires specialized knowledge. Some examples of specialized occupations are jobs in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computer Sciences, Health Care, Education and Biotechnology. The foreign national must have at least 4 years of continuous study pertaining to his or her field of specialization.

 The period of employment under the H1B1 visa must be temporary, which means they are working in the US without the intent of staying in the country. These visas are usually approved for a one year term, which can be extended. The H1-B1 visa is very similar to the H1B visa, the only difference between the two is the intent to immigrate to the United States of America. The H1B visa allows for dual intent, this means that you are able to either have the intent to want to stay in the United States of America or are just working there temporarily.

Requirements and Criteria

There is no requirement for a petition with the H1B1 visa, the applicant is able to apply for this visa directly at the US Consulate in his/her country.

Due to the high demand of H1B visas, employers may find it easier to just petition for an H1B1 for those who are eligible candidates. Citizens of Singapore and Chile are still able to apply for H1B status.

How Niren & Associates Can Help With Your H1B1 Visa Application

If you see yourself in need of any assistance with U.S immigration please contact Niren & Associates, our U.S immigration attorneys would be more than happy to assist you with your matter!


About Fadi Minawi

Fadi primarily practices in US Immigration Law. He assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. Fadi is also a criminal defense attorney and can assist with criminal matters in the US. Read more

2 thoughts on “H1B1 Visa Applications: What you should know

  1. Jai

    Could you advise if an H1B1 applicant apart from being a citizen of Singapore be also born in Singapore? Or only Singapore nationality is good enough as a criteria?

    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jai. You must be a Singapore citizen to apply. If you are only a Permanent Resident with citizenship from another nation, you cannot apply. You must have claim to citizenship to qualify.
      Regards, Muga


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