Work Permit Visa


What is H1-B Visa?

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits individuals from around the world to work in the United States under the sponsorship of an employer. This visa category is specifically tailored for professionals in specialized fields that demand a higher level of education or technical expertise, such as science, medicine, engineering, and mathematics.

For international students in the United States seeking to extend their stay beyond the Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, the H-1B visa offers an excellent opportunity to remain employed in the country and continue accumulating experience in a specific field. Typically, this visa is initially granted for a three-year period and may be further extended for an additional three years under special circumstances. In contrast to some other visa types that allow self-application, the H-1B visa necessitates your employer to submit the application on your behalf.

The H-1B lottery, officially known as the H-1B visa cap selection process, typically occurs in April each year. Employers submit their H-1B visa petitions during the designated filing period, which usually opens on April 1st. If the number of petitions received exceeds the annual cap (both the regular cap and the advanced degree exemption cap), a random lottery is conducted to select the petitions that will be processed further.


Am I Eligible for a H1-B Visa?

To qualify for an H1-B visa you will need to meet the strict criteria listed below.

  1. A valid job offer from a U.S. employer for a role that requires specialty knowledge
  2. Proof of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in that field
  3. Your employer must show that there is a lack of qualified U.S. applicants for the role

What are the requirements for a H1-B Visa?

For many students, the process of applying and being accepted into a U.S. academic institution is the lengthiest part. The visa process is a series of steps that take place after you accept an enrollment offer. 

You must have an employer-employee relationship with the petitioning U.S. employer.

In order to receive an H-1B visa you must be able to prove an employer-employee relationship where the hiring company can hire, fire and supervise your work.

Your job must qualify as a specialty occupation by meeting one of the following criteria:


  • The particular position typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education.
  • The degree requirement is common for this job within the industry, or the job is so complex or unique that it can only be performed by someone with at least a bachelor’s degree;
  • The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position; or
  • The nature of the specific duties is so specialized or complex that the knowledge required to perform the job is generally associated with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Your job must be in a specialty occupation related to your field of study.


A detailed explanation of the specific duties of the job, the product or service your company provides, or the complex nature of the role you will perform, and how your degree relates to your potential role within the company.

Written opinions from experts in the field explaining how your degree is related to the role you will perform.

Printouts from online resources describing the degree fields normally associated with the occupation or proof that similar companies in the industry require similar degrees for similar positions.

You must be paid at least the actual or prevailing wage for your occupation, whichever is higher.

The prevailing wage is determined based on the job you will have and the geographic location where you will be working, among other factors.

To estimate the prevailing wage that may be required for your job, click here.

An H-1B visa must be available at the time of filing the petition, unless you are exempt from numerical limits.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there is a cap of 65,000 H-1B visas issued each fiscal year. The first 20,000 petitions filed for individuals with a master’s degree or higher are exempt from this cap, in addition to workers employed at an institute of higher education, government research organization, or a nonprofit research organization.

Cap numbers are often used up very quickly, so it is important to plan in advance if you will be filing for an H-1B visa that is subject to the annual H-1B cap. The U.S. government’s fiscal year starts on Oct. 1. H-1B petitions can be filed up to 6 months before the start date, which is generally April 1 for an October 1 start date.


How long does it take to get a H1-B Visa?

The processing time for an H-1B visa can vary based on several factors, including the specific service center handling the application, the time of year, and any potential delays or issues in the application process. Generally, the processing time can range from several weeks to several months.

The H-1B visa application process involves multiple steps, such as Labor Condition Application (LCA) filing by the employer, submitting the H-1B petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and potential consular processing for those outside the United States. USCIS offers premium processing, which expedites the adjudication process for an additional fee, usually providing a decision within 15 calendar days.

It’s important to note that application timelines can change, and individuals are advised to check the USCIS website or consult with their immigration attorney for the most up-to-date information on processing times.


How long will my H1-B Visa be valid?

Initially, an H-1B visa is typically granted for a period of three years. However, it can be extended for an additional three years, bringing the total maximum duration to six years. Extensions beyond the six-year limit are possible in certain circumstances:

  1. AC21 Extension: If the H-1B visa holder has an approved employment-based green card petition (Form I-140) but is unable to adjust status due to visa number unavailability or per-country limits, they may be eligible for one-year extensions beyond the six-year limit.

  2. H-1B Portability: If an H-1B visa holder changes employers, and the new employer sponsors them for a new H-1B petition, they may be eligible for H-1B extensions beyond the six-year limit.

It’s important to note that the ability to stay beyond the initial three-year period is contingent upon meeting certain eligibility criteria and complying with the relevant immigration regulations. Individuals are advised to consult with their immigration attorney or check the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for the latest information and guidance on H-1B visa duration and extensions.


What are the costs/fees in applying for a H1-B Visa?

The costs and fees associated with applying for an H-1B visa can vary depending on several factors, including the employer’s size, the specific circumstances of the case, and whether the employer is subject to the H-1B visa cap.

Our Initial Registration/Consultation fee is $1,000, that is non-refundable.


How can I apply and what is the process?

Fill out the application form. One of our representative will contact you with a consultation agreement and walk you through the whole process.

Make sure, you have your up-to-date resume/C.V. ready in order to start the process.



  • Is there any guarantee of H-1B visa issuance?
    No, there is no guarantee of H-1B visa issuance. The H-1B visa application process is highly competitive and subject to an annual numerical cap. The demand for H-1B visas often exceeds the available slots, leading to a lottery system to randomly select petitions for processing when the cap is reached.
  • Does H-1B lead to Green Card?
    Yes, the H-1B visa can serve as a pathway to a U.S. Green Card (lawful permanent residence) for foreign workers in certain situations. The process typically involves the employer sponsoring the H-1B visa holder for an employment-based immigrant visa, leading to lawful permanent residence.
  • Can I travel outside the USA while on H-1B visa?
    Having a valid visa allows you to go to a U.S. port of entry and request entry to the U.S.. If you leave the U.S. for travel and return, as long as your H-1B visa is still valid, you may be able to be admitted on H-1B status. You may wish to bring evidence of your employment or your visa validity with you to present at the border.
  • Are my dependents covered?
    Yes, your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 may be able to accompany you on H-4 visas.
  • Can I extend my H-1B visa?
    Your H1B visa is generally valid for three years, and can usually be extended for up to six years. To do this, your employer will need to complete and file Form I-129 again on your behalf, along with any supporting documents, and pay the filing fee.
  • What is the difference between H-1B and H-1B cap?
    The government sets a cap on the number of H-1B visas it issues each year. Currently, the cap is 65,000 visas per fiscal year, with 20,000 additional visas available for those who have a master’s degree or higher. 1. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 2. Optional Practical Training (OPT) (pre-completion or post-completion) 3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)
  • Who will be my employer in the USA?
    We work with a recruitment firm who will find you the employer based on your academic and work experience. Any U.S.-based employer can sponsor the H-1B visa. As long as the employer has an IRS Tax ID Number, they can register to file a petition on your behalf. 1. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) 2. Optional Practical Training (OPT) (pre-completion or post-completion) 3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)
  • What is the grace period for H-1B visa holders?
    There is a 60-day grace period following the expiration of the authorized H-1B validity period, during which the individual can stay in the U.S. to prepare for departure, change employers, or take other actions.
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