H-1B Visa Lawyers in Santa Ana
The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant work visa. It generally allows recipients to stay in the U.S. for up to three years, which may be extended up to six years.
You may qualify for the H-1B visa if you are:
- An employee in a specialty occupation;
- A research and development project worker for the Department of Defense; or
- A fashion model.
Despite the temporary nature of this visa, the category adheres to the dual intent doctrine, which is when an applicant can qualify for a nonimmigrant visa even though they ultimately would like to become a lawful permanent resident. Once in the United States on the H-1B visa, you may be able to obtain an employment-based green card if you meet all other qualifications.
At the U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP, we have the skills and experience needed to help both employers and employees navigate this application process. We have helped more than 300 people obtain work visas, and we have secured green cards for nearly 3,000. Whether your goal is to work in the U.S. temporarily, move here permanently, or bring foreign employees to the United States, we can assist you with every step of the process.
How to Obtain an H-1B Visa
Like many other employment-based categories, the H-1B visa requires your prospective U.S. employer to file a petition on your behalf. They will first need to electronically register, which asks only for your basic information. Once the registration period ends, the system will randomly select a certain number of qualifying applications, and those applicants’ sponsors (the U.S. employers) can then submit the full H-1B petition.
You can also obtain H-4 visas for your spouse and children. Children must be unmarried and under 21 years of age to qualify. Your spouse can apply for employment authorization as soon as you begin your adjustment of status process (i.e. applying for a green card from within the U.S.).
What Our Attorneys Can Do for You
The H-1B category is highly competitive, which is why USCIS has placed a cap on the number of visas issued per year. While the cap is subject to change, it is typically 65,000, along with 20,000 for applicants with advanced degrees. Because hundreds of thousands of people apply for H-1B visas each year, there is no room for error—you must adhere to all deadlines and submit thorough, precise documentation.
When you bring your case to U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP, we can help you maximize your odds of success by helping you:
- Submit timely documentation and comprehensive evidence;
- Navigate consular processing with ease and efficiency;
- Obtain derivative status for qualifying family members; and
- Complete all subsequent processes after you obtain your visa (e.g. renewing your status, obtaining a green card, etc.).
Our employment-based immigration attorneys in Santa Ana have extensive experience with a wide range of immigration processes, which is why we are fully qualified to help you accomplish your employment goals as painlessly as possible.
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