The April 1 Deadline to Submit H1-B Petitions is Rapidly Approaching: Prepare Your Application by th
by Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. and Anthony Mance, Esq.
For those wishing to file an H-1B petition, it is strongly advised that the application materials be received by USCIS exactly on April 1, 2014 to ensure that an application falls within the 65,000 cap. Note that petitions received before April 1, or after April 5, will most likely be rejected by USCIS.
What is an H1-B Visa?
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, to qualify for an H1-B visa, the foreign national must have a “specialty occupation,” which is defined as: requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor, including, but not limited to, biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum (with the exception of fashion models, who must be “of distinguished merit and ability”). Likewise, the foreign worker must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and state licensure, if required to practice in that field.
H-1B work-authorization is strictly limited to employment by the sponsoring employer. The duration of an H1-B visa is three years, with the option to renew for another three years.
It’s Not to Late to Prepare Your Application
In order to meet the April 1, 2014 deadline, you must act now to retain an attorney, gather the
Discover Whether You Qualify
To learn more about the H-1B process and whether you qualify; or if there are other options available for you to live and work in the United States, please contact The Grady Firm at (323) 450-9010, or fill out a Contact Request Form.
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