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H3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the limitations of H3 work visa?

The limitations of H3 work visa are:

  • The training program must be provided by the U.S. company which petitions for the foreign national
  • Physicians are ineligible for the H-3 classification to receive any type of medical training or education
  • If the H-3 visa holder remains in the U.S. for the maximum period of time, (s)he may not seek a change of status, extension, or readmission to the U.S. in H or L status until (s)he has resided outside of the U.S. for a period of six months
  • Dependents of H-3 visa holders may not work in the U.S

Can I extend my stay on H-3 visa?

No, you may not apply for extension of stay on H-3 visa. Upon the completion of the period of stay you are supposed to leave the U.S. as there is no extension facility for this visa.

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Can I change status while on H-3 visa?

Yes, you may apply for change of status while on H-3 visa. If you are taking up a job, have your employer file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, at the USCIS Regional Service Center with jurisdiction over your case if you are trying to change to H-1B or TN. Make sure your employer files for your spouse and children on Form I-539, Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status.


Are there any travel restrictions on H-3 visa?

No, there are no travel restrictions on H-3 visa. You may travel as many number of times as required before the expiry of your H-3 status. The USCIS also does not impose any time limit on your stay abroad.

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