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An H1B visa is a temporary work visa for foreign workers with a job offer in a specialty occupation in the US. The US immigration legislation caps the number of H1B visas issued to 65,000 per fiscal year (from October 1 to September 30).
Nationals of Chile and Singapore may be eligible to apply for an H1B1 visa to work in the US which is exempt from this cap.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
H1B Visa Requirements
To qualify for an H1B visa to work in the US, a foreign worker must have a temporary offer of employment in a specialty occupation from a US employer.
A specialty occupation is an occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of specialized knowledge that usually requires the equivalent of at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. Typical specialty occupation fields include architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, medicine, health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology and the arts. Fashion models of distinguished merit and ability may also qualify for an H1B visa.
H1B visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
H1B Visa Entitlements
An H1B visa entitles the holder to live and work in the US temporarily. An H1B visa is usually granted for an initial period of 3 years and extensions may be granted. Foreign workers with an H1B visa are permitted dual intent, meaning the applicant can maintain H1B visa status while applying for a Green Card to remain in the US permanently.
Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age may apply for the applicable derivative visa (H4 visa) to join their spouse or parent in the US. Accompanying spouses and children are entitled to study in the United States but are not entitled to undertake any employment without obtaining an appropriate work visa.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
H1B Visa Processing Time and Costs
|Premium Migration Service||US$1999|
|Government Fees and Processing Times|
|Partner Application Fee||US$325-US$1550/US$190|
|Dependents Application Fee||US$325-US$1550/US$190|
|Processing Time||15 days - 3 months|
- Other Work Visas
Foreign workers with a permanent employment offer in the US may be able to apply for a Green Card.
Working Holiday or Exchange visas allow foreigners to work and/or study in the US while experiencing American culture.
The L1 visa allows international companies to sponsor senior and key employees to work in the US.
An H2A visa allows foreign workers to undertake seasonal or temporary work in agricultural industries across the US.
An H2B visa permits foreign workers to undertake seasonal or temporary work in a range of industries across the US.
An O1 visa allows foreign workers with an extraordinary ability or talent to work in the US temporarily for their sponsoring employer or agent.
The E3 visa allows Australian citizens to live and work in the US temporarily in a specialty occupation for their sponsoring employer.
An I visa entitles representatives of international press, radio, film and other media to work in the US temporarily.
An H1B1 visa allows citizens of Chile and Singapore to live and work in the US temporarily for a sponsoring employer.
The R1 visa allows religious workers to work in the US for a non-profit religious organization.
A TN visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the US temporarily for a sponsoring employer.
The P2 visa allows international artists and entertainers to participate in a reciprocal exchange program and perform in the US temporarily.
The P3 visa permits international artists and entertainers to participate in a culturally unique program and perform in the US temporarily.
The P1 visa permits internationally recognized athletes and entertainers to compete or perform in the US at a specific event.
A Q1 visa allows foreigners the opportunity to participate in an international cultural exchange program in the US.
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