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H-1C Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How long can I stay in the U.S. on H-1C visa?

You may stay in the U.S. for three years on H-1C visa.


Can I study on H-1C visa?

Yes, you may study on H-1C visa. However, you may not join a full length program like an F-1. You may take up a few credits at a university, when they do not harm the primary interest of the visa.

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What are the eligibility criteria for H-1C employers?

To be eligible the Hospitals (sponsoring employer) should:

  • Be a 'subpart D' hospital under the Social Security Act
  • Be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area as of March 31, 1997
  • Have at least 190 acute care beds according to the 1994 cost report
  • Be reimbursed by Medicare for at least 35% of acute care inpatient days (according to 1994 Cost Report)
  • Be reimbursed by Medicaid for at least 28% of acute care inpatient days (according to 1994 Cost Report)
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