What is the H-1B visa and how does it work?

What is the H-1B visa and how does it work?

Immigrants based in Connecticut might come in through an H-1B visa. It’s important to know how it works.

What is the H-1B visa?

The H-1B visa is a temporary one that allows employers to bring in foreign highly educated professionals to perform specialty professions for them. People are eligible for the visa when they have highly qualified jobs in areas like law, mathematics, engineering, technology and medical science. Visas are good for three years but can be extended for up to six.

Individuals considered for H-1B visas must be cleared to enter the country through the prospective employer. The employer is required to ensure that the person won’t pose harm to American workers before filing a petition for them to come into the country.

What is the H-1B visa process?

Employers must perform certain steps to obtain an H-1B visa for the foreigner they wish to bring into the U.S. They must file Form 9035E or Form 9035, the Labor Condition Application, with the Department of Labor, which states adherence to program requirements. It also attests the employer cannot find Americans qualified with the same skill and that the wages earned by the foreign worker are equal to those paid for similar positions.

The employer must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker with the USCIS once the previous form is approved. This is done online and includes supporting documentation. All information about the individual or individuals are also included such as name, gender, date of birth, country of origin and whether they hold a master’s degree. There are also fees required.

If the petition is approved, the foreigner can then apply for the H-1B visa. If the visa is approved, they can enter the country. If they’re already legally in the U.S., the visa allows them to come and go.