What is an H1B Visa for the US

An H1B visa is a work visa for the United States. Canadians may apply for this visa if they are able to meet the requirements for one.

An existing job offer in a specialty occupation is necessary to apply for an H1B visa, meaning that you should have a bachelor degree or higher in most cases. Along with your own requirements for an H1B work visa, your potential employer must also meet several requirements themselves, including being able to demonstrate they pay the prevailing wage for the position in question. A prevailing wage is defined as the standard wage for an occupation in a particular region, and this wage is sometimes determined by a regulatory agency or a union for the occupation in question.

You may apply for an H1B visa at the United States-Canada border or United States port of entry if you are a Canadian, but you should not do this until you have assessed your application with a licensed immigration lawyer. You should know that your H1B application is complete and ready to go before you travel to the United States border, otherwise you could be denied and have wasted time and money getting there.

The H2B visa is another type of United States work visa that may be more applicable to your situation if you work in an occupation where a bachelor degree or higher is not a requirement. Along with the H2B work visa, there are other types of US work visas that you can apply for.

When you apply for an H1B work visa

The H1B work visa for the United States has a cap, meaning that only a certain amount of these visa applications are accepted each and every year. The date at which the applications stop being accepted is different for each year, so to ensure that the United States government is currently accepting applications for the next fiscal year, you should speak with a licensed immigration lawyer.

A licensed immigration lawyer can make such a huge difference in the success or failure of your application. H1B work visas in particular have such an extensive amount of paperwork associated with them, and reviewing your application and assessing your case can help you avoid costly mistakes! Contact us using the phone number on the top of this page.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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