Chicago H-1B Visa Attorneys
H-1B visas allow foreign professionals to work temporarily in “specialized positions” in the United States. Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience to qualify for this visa. At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. , we are experienced in preparing applications for H-1B visas and working with Chicago companies on a variety of employee immigration matters. Because of the unique structure of our firm, we are able to offer clients effective, affordable and accessible legal counsel in this very complex area of the law.
Understanding H-1B Visas
H-1B visas are available specifically for specialty job positions. For example engineers, computer programmers, financial planners, scientists, medical professionals, researchers and many more professional occupations qualify for H-1B status. The individual requirements for this visa include:
- At least a Bachelor’s degree (or the foreign equivalent) OR sufficient work experience OR a combination of education and work experience; and
- A U.S. company willing to sponsor the applicant; and
- A job offer with salary and working conditions comparable to other positions in the field.
The competition for H-1B visas is high because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) only issues a limited number of these visas each year. Currently the cap is 65,000. An exemption is made for 20,000 workers with master’s degrees or higher education.
At Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C., we are familiar with all of the requirements for temporary work visas. We will evaluate your immigration situation to determine if the H-1B visa is right for you. If so, we will ensure your application is prepared correctly so you have the best possible opportunity to obtain an H-1B visa.
H-1B Extensions and Transfers
H1-B visas can be extended up to 6 years. Additionally, H-1B visas may be transferred from one employer to another while the holder continues to work in the U.S. Holders can begin working as soon as employers file a petition with USCIS. In order to ensure your extension or transfer is handled correctly, you must hire a knowledgeable attorney. Errors in the application process can lead to visa denials and loss of work privileges.
Contact us to discuss your H-1B visa eligibility or status. We can assist you throughout the immigration process.
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