DC H-1B Visa Lawyer

Applying for an employment-based visa in the United States can be a lengthy and confusing process. Our DC H-1B visa lawyers have extensive experience in this area and can assist you along the way. If you work in an occupation that meets the government’s standard for “specialized,” applying for an H-1B Visa could be a good option for you to be able to live and work in the United States. An experienced DC employment visa lawyer can help you with your petition.


What Are H-1B Visas?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is charged with adjudicating requests for H-1B visas. The H-1B visa allows companies in the United States to hire specialized foreign employees. H-1B visas are good for three years and may be extended for a total of up to six years. Holders of H-1B visas can petition for their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to live in the United States as well.

Eligibility Requirements

Only individuals from certain specialized fields, such as scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others are eligible for H-1B visas. Additionally, applicants must have the requisite minimum level of education in their field to be eligible. This means that, typically, either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, depending upon your field, is required. Congress also caps the number of H-1B visa petitions that USCIS may accept each year, so only petitions received before the cap is reached will be considered. Some occupations are deemed “cap exempt,” meaning they are not subject to the numerical cap.

Visa Application Process

The first step of the process for obtaining an H-1B visa is for the employer to file a Labor Condition Application with the Department of Labor for certification. Next, the employer must file a Form I-129 with the appropriate USCIS Service Center. Once the Form I-129 petition has been approved, the employee must then apply for an H-1B visa from the U.S. Department of State and apply to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for admission to the United States.


DC H-1B Visa Lawyer

Applying for an H-1B visa is a lengthy and multi-step process that can be complicated for applicants. However, with the help of an experienced DC H-1B visa lawyer, you can determine your eligibility and receive assistance with completing the petition process from start to finish. Let us help you with your case. We will even provide you with an initial consultation to determine your eligibility. It is important before starting your H-1B visa petition to determine if you are eligible. There are a number of requirements and restraints on H-1B visa petitions, which are explained more fully below, so our firm conducts an initial assessment for each client to determine eligibility before beginning the process.

Next, our immigration attorneys assist clients and their employers with the entire H-1B visa petition process, including completing and filing the required forms and supporting documentation. Our DC H1-B visa attorneys understand the complexities of filing H-1B visa petitions and can provide you with the services you need to complete yours.

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