An H-1B visa is available for a period not to exceed a total of six years; to a foreign employee A. who will be incumbent in a temporary position and will perform services in a specialty occupation on the behallf the employer has obtained an approved Lab-or Condition Application.
Yes. You must have the U.S. equivalent of a Bachelor's degree in a specialized subject (such as computer science, economics etc.) and the job must require such specialization. There are many other requirements, but this is where you begin.
The correct visa application fee for filing an H-1 B under regular processing is $1130.
An H-1B is temporary visa for three years, extendable for another three. There are various sub categories of H-1 Visa which is as follows:
The number of immigrants per year has gone down as it was in the peak years at the beginning of the 20th century. Immigration as a proportion of population is about a third of what it was in the peak years. The foreign-born population of the United States is 8.5 percent of the total population (as of 1990).
People come to the United States for many different reasons, but main factor which attracts is for better opportunities for themselves and their families: better jobs, better life, to join family, to escape war and for freedom.
Overwhelmingly, survey results report that recent immigrants have better living conditions in the United States than in their own country. They cite better jobs and freedom as the reasons why.
In a survey conducted by a US Research Centre states that most immigrants now have better jobs with higher pay in the United States.
The United States L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows companies operating both in the US and abroad to transfer certain classes of employee from its foreign operations to the US operations for up to seven years. The employee must have worked for a subsidiary, parent, affiliate or branch office of your US company outside of the US for at least one year out of the last three years.
Companies operating in the US for at least one year, may apply to the relevant INS service center for an L1 visa to transfer someone to the US from their overseas operations. Employees in this category will, initially, be granted an L1 visa for up to three years.
Any organization which is 'doing business' (i.e. has more than simply an agent or representative presence) in the United States can sponsor an L1 visa, provided that the candidate qualifies in either L1A or L1B category, and that the sponsoring organization continues to carries on doing business outside the United States for the duration of the worker's L1 status. There is no restriction on the types of business that can sponsor an L1 visa - corporations, partnerships, government-owned entities and non-profit organizations are all eligible. Nor is it a requirement that the sponsoring organization be United States-owned or incorporated. It is, however, a requirement that there is some equity or ownership link between the transferor organization and the transferee organization in the United States.
A foreign parent must own at least 50% of a US subsidiary, and have veto powers over the subsidiary's actions A US parent must own must own at least 50% of the foreign subsidiary, and have veto powers over the subsidiary's actions.
Affiliate US and foreign companies must each be at least 50% owned by the same ultimate parent A US organization with a branch office abroad qualifies, as does a foreign organization with a US branch (though this must be more than simply an agent or representative)
A US organization which employs e.g. sales personnel overseas can sponsor such employees for L1's even if there is no non-US office.
Note that the ownership requirements are not as strict in the case of vary large corporations, where a substantial minority shareholding will be a qualifying relationship. Does the candidate qualify for an L1 visa? All L1 employees must have been employed by the company outside of the USA for at least one of the three years preceding the transfer. It does not matter if the worker was directly employed by the sponsor, or paid through an agency or personal service company, or even on a freelance basis, provided the sponsor had management and control over the worker during the qualifying year.
The employee must have been employed during the qualifying year as an executive, manager, or specialized knowledge worker, though it permissible for a specialized knowledge worker to come to the United States as a Manager or Executive, and for a manager or executive to come as a specialized knowledge worker, provided the US operation has been doing business for at least one year.
As noted previously, the 'standard of proof' for managers and executives is quite strict - they must generally supervise other professional or managerial staff and/or direct and control the day-to-day operations of a significant function, unit or subdivision of the employer. Specialized knowledge workers, however, qualify relatively easily - any employee with familiarity with the employer's specific products, procedures or methods may qualify.
Dependants are issued L2 visas, which are not employment authorised. In order to engage in employment, L2 visa-holders would have to change or adjust status to another employment-authorised category. L-2 holders can engage in study.
Yes provided they remain under your management and control.
Usually 1-2 months for a normal L1, 1-10 working days for an L1 covered by a blanket approval.
This is possible but not advisable, and under no accounts should the alien risk putting in jeopardy the issue of an L1 visa by engaging in anything that might be construed as work, as this may lead to the alien being accused of visa-fraud either on entry to the US with a visitor visa/visa-waiver or when applying for an L1 visa at the US consulate in their own country.
No, but paying L1 workers significantly below the prevailing wage and/or the wages of your US resident staff is likely to result in the INS viewing your petition unfavourably and may also result in investigations by the INS or Department of Labour.
private institutes offer a variety of courses that attract the students from all over the world.
No- Paying the tuition fees expenses in advances is a good way to show proof of funds but it is not a requirement to pay in advance.
There are no specific documents that prove a student is able to pay for his/her education. Bank account statements, chartered accountant statements, employment letters, and property documents are the most common documents used to show proof of funds.
Part 7 on the I-20 shows the amount of funding you must have available to cover the first years expenses. The total amount includes tuition and fees, living expenses, expenses of dependents (if applicable), and other expenses (as applicable). You must prove that you have immediate funds available to cover this amount. If you are going to a two years Masters program, then you must also show that funds are or will likely be available to cover the same amount for second year. For example, if you are a student for two year Masters program and the total amount in part-7 of I-20 includes $5000 for tuition and fees, $5000 for living expenses and $500 for other expenses (books and supplies) then you must prove that $10,500 is or will likely be available to cover the second year.
Students whose prospective university does not require that they take the TOEFL or GRE should provide a letter from the university stating the same. However, the Embassy strongly recommends that all student visa applicants provide standardized test scores.
No, previously, US Law permitted persons entering on tourist, B-2 visas to change status to F-1 visas. That is no longer the case. A non-immigrant wishing to study in US must apply from their country of origin or residence if they wish to study in the US on an F-1 visa.
Students (F1 or M1)may travel within 30 days of the commencement of the course of study stated on your I-20 regardless of how early your visa was issued.
You are encouraged to apply early for your student non-immigrant visa to ensure that you can get on your way in timely fashion. During the summer season (April to September) you may apply at any time prior to start date of your classes. During the rest of the year, you may apply upto 90 days prior to your start date.
No, your I-20 does not need to be sealed in an envelope. However, you have to make sure that you carry the I-20 when you travel, as you have to show it to the immigration officer at the port of entry in order to be admitted in to the US.
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