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H-1C Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What privileges do I enjoy on H-1C visa?

On H-1C visa, you may

  • Enter into the U.S. and accept employment in a professional capacity for a temporary period
  • Not have to maintain a foreign residence
  • Travel in and out of the U.S. or remain in the U.S. continuously for the term of the H-1C visa
  • Bring your dependents, spouse as well as unmarried children under 21, on
    H-4 visa
  • With your employer's consent obtain permanent residence Green Card in the U.S.

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What are the limitations of H-1C visa?

The limitations of H-1C visa are:

  • Only 500 H-1C visas will be issued each year during the four year period of the H-1C program (2000-2004)
  • There are also caps imposed on individual states. States with a population of less than nine million as of 1990 may have no more than 25 H-1C visas annually. States with more than nine million may have no more than 50 H-1C visas annually. If all available visas in a fiscal year quarter are not used, the visas may be issued to states regardless of population or the state cap during the last fiscal year quarter
  • A person who has been in the U.S. for three years on H-1C status may not return home for some period of time and later reapply. (H-1Cs who wish to remain longer in the U.S. should file for Lawful Permanent Residency through a streamlined process known as 'Schedule A' for nurses)
  • H-1C time counts whether you are in the U.S. or abroad
  • H-1C dependents may not work in the U.S.
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