THE H-1B VISA

For Temporary Workers in Specialty Occupations

Path Law Group specializes in H-1B’s for companies of all sizes looking to hire foreign professionals in “specialty occupations”. Our attorneys have nearly a decade of experience with H-1B petitions. We have represented large multinational corporations as well as startups looking to hire foreign talent. Our core competencies are providing unparalleled access to your attorney, clear and accurate legal advice and efficient execution. We work with clients closely to determine the eligibility of their employees and create smart strategies and action plans to obtain one of the limited number of spaces available in the H-1B category each year.

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The Basics

The H-1B visa is an employment visa for foreign professionals who wish to work in a “specialty occupation”. While there is no clear definition, a specialty occupation is typically one that requires at least a Bachelor’s degree. If the applicant is eligible, his or her H-1B will be valid for up to 3 years with the option to extend an additional 3 years (for a total of 6 years). In certain cases an H-1B can be extended beyond the 6 year period.

For more information please see our H-1B visa guide..

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Path to Permanent Residency

The H-1B allows sponsorship for a Green Card through an employer via the Labor Certification process. The process is relatively quick for most nationalities and can be an effective recruitment tool for employers.
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Benefits/Challenges

Benefits:

  • When Premium Processing is selected, the H-1B can be issued in as little as 15 days in most cases
  • Provides a clear path to a Green Card
  • Can be extended beyond the 6 year max in many circumstances

Challenges:

 

  • Subject to an increasingly competitive lottery
  • Green card requires employer sponsorship

THE H-1B VISA

For Temporary Workers in Specialty Occupations