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H-1C Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the terms and conditions under the H-1C classification?

The terms and conditions are:

  • Work authorization for H-1C nurses is employer-specific, i.e. limited to employment with the approved employer/petitioner
  • A change of employer requires a new H-1C petition
  • New employment (any employment other than the originally approved employment) cannot begin until a petition for change of employment
    (Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker) is approved by the USCIS
  • If the H-1C nonimmigrant nurse will work for more than one employer, each employer must file its own H-1C petition on the foreign national's behalf
  • The H-1C foreign national is not precluded from applying for Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Residence if the foreign national is otherwise eligible for Adjustment of Status
  • More than one nurse may be included on H-1C petition

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Are there any travel restrictions on H-1C visa?

According to the Labor Department, it is aware of only 14 hospitals that qualify to apply for H-1C nurses because of restrictions in both the statute and regulations. These facilities are:

  • Beaumont Regional Medical Center, Beaumont, TX
  • Beverly Hospital, Montebello, CA
  • Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, CA
  • Elizabeth General Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Fairview Park Hospital, Dublin, GA
  • Lutheran Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • McAllen Medical Center, McAllen, TX
  • Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Mercy Regional Medical Center, Laredo, TX
  • Peninsula Hospital Center, Far Rockaway, NY
  • Southeastern Regional Medical Center, Lumberton, NC
  • Southwest General Hospital, San Antonio, TX
  • St. Bernard Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, TX
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