The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will begin accepting virtual H-1B visa registrations on the afternoon of March 1st, 2023, up until noon on March 17th, 2023. After being submitted, the USCIS will review these electronic petition applications, and if the petition is granted, the H-1B visa will be issued to the set person on October 1st of this year.
Anyone who has been offered temporary professional employment by a United States firm may qualify for H-1B visa status. The minimum educational requirement for a job within the United States in order to qualify for this visa is a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field correlating to your planned employment. A couple of frequent professions and fields for H-1B visa holders include architects, computer system analysts, and engineers. H-1 visas, which have a six-year maximum validity, are often utilized as a transitional status between students and legal permanent residents.
However, since H-1B visas are extremely popular among many people, not just simply amidst international students, it is quite difficult to obtain one. Every single year, 85,000 new H-1B visas are authorized by Congress, with 20,000 of those visas reserved specifically for those with post-baccalaureate degrees from colleges within the United States. Therefore, the likelihood of acquiring this visa has drastically decreased especially with recent modifications.