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H1B Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is H-1B work visa?

The H-1B specialty workers visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals to enter into the U.S. and perform services in a prearranged professional job. The job must be in a 'specialty occupation' and must require a bachelor's degree as a minimum for entry into the field.

Note: The H-1B work visa allows an organization with an IRS Tax Number/ Federal Employer Identification Number to employ a foreign national for up to six years.


What is 'specialty occupation' for the purposes of H-1B visa?

A specialty occupation requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge along with at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

Note: Architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts are specialty occupations.

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How do I qualify for H-1B visa?

To qualify for H-1B visa, you must:

  • Demonstrate that you have the ability to work in the specialty occupation that requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge
  • Be coming to the U.S. to earn money or a livelihood working in a professional capacity, and not for pursuing a hobby, for pass time, giving free advice or humanitarian service
  • Seek temporary entry into the U.S.
  • Have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in work experience. The USCIS may accept three years of work experience for each year of missing university education. This may be considered the equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree

Note: This classification also applies to Government-to-Government research and development, or co-production projects administered by the Department of Defense

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