H-1B Visa Attorney in San Francisco
Helping Foreign Professionals Further Their Career in the United States
The United States offers a number of employment-based visas to allow foreign professionals from various backgrounds to further their career in our country. Those in specialty occupations may qualify for an H-1B visa. These visas last for up to six years, and are issued in increments of up to three years. H-1B visas are limited – only 65,000 are made available each fiscal year. With the complexity of the application process, and the scarcity of offered visas, it’s important to recruit legal help for the process.
The H-1B Visa Cap
The United States offers 65,000 H-1B visas every year in the “regular cap.” There are, however, an additional 20,000 visas available for applicants who have earned a master’s degree or higher from an American university. Professionals in this category are part of what is called the “advanced degree exemption.”
Up to 6,800 visas of the 65,000 available in the regular cap are reserved for the H-1B1 program implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore free trade agreements. Any unused visas in this group will become available for H-1B use the following year.
Qualifying Specialty Occupations
H-1B visas have strict eligibility requirements. Applicants must be filling a job that requires both:
- Attainment of at least a bachelor’s degree
- Theoretical and practical application of highly specialized knowledge
Furthermore, the position must satisfy at least one of the following to qualify as a specialty occupation:
- The normal minimum entry requirement is a bachelor’s degree or higher
- The degree requirement is common across the industry in parallel positions
- The job is so complex that it can only be performed by an individual with a specific degree
How Our Attorney Can Help
Immigration is a complex process that can present unexpected challenges. Our attorney has years of experience helping clients from around the world overcome these obstacles and accomplish their career goals in the United States. Call on him to do the same for you.