If you are a foreign national who is currently looking into obtaining a work visa for the United States, you may have come across the H1B work visa, which is a type of work visa for those who are in specialty occupations. These occupations have a strict definition, but they generally mean an occupation that requires a high level of skill that can not be found anywhere else.
The H1B work visa is also a capped visa, and this means that there are only a certain number of these visas available every single year. For example, for the fiscal year 2014, there were 65,000 visas available and they were snapped up in just a few days.
If you are interested in applying for an H1B work visa, you will need to apply next year. However, it is very important that you take the time to ensure that you have all of the paperwork in order, including a qualifying job offer from an employer who has their paperwork in order also.
There are also many different types of United States work visas, including ones for which there are no cap. You may be qualified for one of these visas, and they could have you working in the United States much sooner.
The landscape for H1B work visas may soon change, as many companies want more skills and innovation and the H1B work visa is one of the best ways for them to get it. As a result, there is a high number of technology companies lobbying the government to increase the number of H1B work visas, even double the number, so that more foreign nationals with the relevant and beneficial skills can go to the United States.
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