What is the H1B work visa?
If you wish to work in the United States, you will usually require a United States work permit to do so legally. There are many different types of United States work permits, and the H1B work visa is one of these types of work permits.
Each United States work permit has a very specific purpose, and the H1B work visa is no different.
The H1B work visa is a specialty occupation visa. This means that not just anyone in any occupation can apply for one. To qualify, you need to have a job offer from a United States employer that is in what is considered to be a specialty occupation, which typically will require a high level of education and expertise.
Applying for an H1B work visa in the United States
Applying for the H1B work visa is different than most other types of visas, because the United States immigration department only accepts these visa applications during a certain time each year, and there are only a certain number of these applications accepted at this time.
For the fiscal year 2014, applications for the H1B work visa will be accepted starting on April 1st, 2013. These applications will be for 2014, but the earliest starting work date for them is October 1st, 2013. There will be 65,000 applications accepted, and this quota is expected to be filled very fast.
To qualify for this visa, you need a job offer from a United States employer that offers you the prevailing wage in that geographic region, and the job must required a bachelor degree or higher. The job must normally require a high level of education, it can’t just be that your employer in particular requires it.
In addition, you must have the proper experience and background to apply for the job in question.
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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