The H1B visa program is the primary method for employers to recruit & hire International professionals and International students to work in the USA. The H1B visa enables US employers to hire foreign professionals for a specified period of time. The H1B program allows workers in specialty occupations to work in the US for up to a total of six (6) years.
Other regulatory provisions permit;
(1) the employer to request a period of less than three years,
(2) the employee to be employed on a part-time basis
(3) the employee to work for more than one US Employer simultaneously.
The number of H1B visas issued each year is subject to a cap that is determined by the US Congress. The current H1B cap is set at 65,000 plus an additional 20,000 for International students that graduate with an MBA or higher from a US University.
1) current H1B holders transferring their visa to a new employer/sponsor
2) ‘new’ applications for an H1B with: non-profit organizations, Government Research organizations, and the institution of higher education.
An H1B Sponsorship job offer from a US Sponsor Company
High School Diploma (only required if no college level of education has been attained.)
College diplomas (Associate, Bachelor, Master, Ph.D.)
College transcripts/academic records
Certificate/diploma of training courses
Evidence of license or professional membership (if applicable)
Employment verification in the form of retrospective references (these must correlate with information in CV/Resume)
Current CV/Resume describing in detail employment history including name & address of employer, job title, month/year commenced employment & month/year concluded employment, type of business, duties performed, full/part-time.
Identity page in passport plus any pages evidencing current or expired US Visas
Copy of your Spouse H1B visa
H1B approval notice – Copy
Letter from the current employer
Marriage certificate (If spouse)
Marriage album (If spouse)
As an immigrant, when you arrive in the U.S., an arrival/departure record card is issued and placed in your passport next to your visa. This is called an I-94 card that permits a foreigner to be in the U.S. (as opposed to the visa that provides the right to travel in and out of the U.S. in a certain status, eg. H1B visa status). The U.S. immigration official at the U.S. port of entry will review the foreigners immigration documents (eg. H1B visa) and stamp the I-94 card with an expiry date consistent with the visa expiry. It should be noted that the immigration official has the power to limit a foreigners stay irrespective of the visa expiration. The I-94 card is removed when a foreigner departs the U.S.