What is the H1B work visa for the United States?
If you are in a specialty occupation, that is an occupation that requires a very high level of skill, you may have heard of the H1B work visa. This visa is specifically for applicants who are in specialty occupations, and in most cases these occupations require a university degree. The United States government begins accepting applications for these visas at a certain time each year, but unfortunately their quota of only 65,000 visas can fill up very quickly – sometimes in just a few days.
As a result, it is very important to ensure that you are fully prepared to apply as quickly as possible when the government begins accepting applications again.
This is because there are so many different requirements for this visa that must be met, including that you are in a certain type of job, that you have a job offer, that your employer has the proper paperwork ready to go on their end and that you are a suitable candidate for this visa.
Will there be more H1B work visas in the future?
As the United States undergoes immigration reform and proposes new immigration bills to tackle a number of different issues, technology companies are lobbying for more H1B visas to be given out every year – even double the current quota of around 65,000.
While this may not happen right away, it’s good news for those who wish to apply for an H1B visa and will be beneficial for the United States, who is losing skilled workers and innovation to places like Canada.
Do you want to apply for an H1B work visa next year? Are you interested in seeing if you meet the requirements for an H1B work visa outside of the quota? Give our immigration law firm a call. We can help you explore your United States work visa options!
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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