Requirements to obtain H-1B nonimmigrant visa

An H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa. It allows U.S. businesses and employers to hire foreign workers for specialty occupations. Some examples of workers who are often granted H-1B visas are architects, engineers, and scientists.


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The application process for an H-1B visa is faster than that of a green card, but it should be noted that individuals cannot apply for an H-1B visa themselves. Their American employers must do it themselves.

For a worker to be eligible for an H-1B visa, the following requirements must be met:

• The worker must have a valid employee-employer relationship with the petitioning U.S. employer.

• The job opening must be within the specialty occupation related to the worker’s field of study. It must also require a bachelor’s degree or higher, and it should require the worker to perform duties that are so complex and specialized that the knowledge obtained from a degree is necessary.

• If the specialty occupation requires a license to be practiced in the United States, the worker must be a holder of that license.

• The worker must have a U.S. bachelor’s degree or a higher degree that is related to the specialty industry he or she will be working in. If the worker has a foreign degree, it must be determined that it is the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.



Workers who are applying for non-specialty job positions or those whose credentials do not meet the requirements for an H-1B visa can apply for an H-2B visa or an L-1 visa.

The application process for an H-1B visa and other visa classifications are often lengthy and complicated. Outsourcing services are often used as a tool to streamline the application process, from submitting documents and paying fees to document delivery. For employers hiring several workers for specialty occupations, outsourced services can help with filing multiple applications with speed and accuracy.


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Cox & Kings Global Services is a specialized business process outsource agency that offers data management and application center management services to diplomatic missions around the world. The services run the gamut of visa application processing, screening, and acceptance, biometrics enrollment, and interview scheduling. As a result, the process of visa application and renewal is easier, safer, and more accessible to applicants, while providing numerous advantages to diplomatic missions. Subscribe to this blog for more visa application discussions.


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