Occupations Covered By H-1B Visas

Jobs That Qualify

Some
 examples of jobs that may qualify are accountants, architects, 
chemists, computer analysts, computer programmers, engineers,
physicians, attorneys, pharmacists, graphic designers, higher
 managerial personnel, and some specialized nurses.

Some
 workers without college degrees may obtain an H-1B visa
 because they have gained professional expertise through 
”degree equivalency”. The applicant will be required to 
present evidence through a knowledgeable expert that the 
experience is equivalent to education.

Occupations 
that usually do not qualify are paralegals, nurses’ aides
 and Licensed Practical Nurses, business managers, administrative 
assistants, bankers, pilots, and translators.

Whether
 your specific occupation qualifies is a highly technical
 question that can be addressed by an experienced immigration
 attorney.

Finding 
An Employer To Act As A Sponsor

Many 
employers are familiar with the H-1B visa. The employer
must certify that the prevailing wage will be paid and that 
other U.S. workers will not be adversely affected.

The best place to begin is by looking at standard job announcements 
in your particular field of specialty or talking with friends
 working in the field. The question of your immigration status
 will come up during the job search process, and you may
want to have the name or names of local immigration lawyers 
whom the employer can consult for H-1B visa work, if the
employer does not already have a regular immigration attorney.

Experienced
immigration lawyers are often familiar with employers who
regularly petition for H-1B workers.

May 
I Switch From A Student Visa To An H-1B?

Yes,
 if you do it properly.

The 
H-1B visa program provides an excellent vehicle for foreign
 students to work in the United States for up to six years
 after they have graduated. The basic requirement for an 
H-1B is a bachelor’s degree in a specialty field – such 
as in business or the high tech industry. A person who studies 
and obtains a degree in a field where there is a need for
 workers is in effect laying the foundation for an H-1B position
 while in college. The practical training that a student can get after graduation helps build a trusting relationship 
with a potential H-1B employer.

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