The H-1B is a visa that can be issued to non-immigrants who reside in the United States.
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It gives U.S employers the right to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that are classified as specialty jobs. They have this classification because it requires the worker to have specialized knowledge. The foreign worker also must possess at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent and the H-1B work-authorization is strictly limited to employment by the sponsoring employer.
The process involves usually acquiring the services of a lawyer to petition for the work visa on the employee's behalf. The lawyer will require the future employee of the company to provide a number of things if they have them available. This is not a final list but is a good start:
- Current copy of I-94 card
- Copy of the biographic page of passport
- Last date of entry into the U.S., as well as location (city/state)
- Copy of any current travel visa
- Location of birth (city / state - province / country)
- Social Security Number
- Telephone Number for contact purposes (please specify if work or home)
- Current residential address
- Foreign address
- Any dependent filings that need to be filed (spouse, children)
- Copies of educational degrees (B.S., M.S., etc.) - or any educational equivalency reports that have been filed on his behalf (if he has access to these documents).
- Transcripts from all institutions showing academic majors
- Work resume showing experience
Keep in mind that just because en employer files a petition on the behalf of an employee does not mean the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will grant them the work visa. The more documents the person can provide showing their value to the company the better. Filing a petition usually ranges between $3000 - $5000. The range is to accommodate for the fees that the lawyer will charge the employer.