Other H-1B FAQs

What Documentation Is Required for the H-1B Application?

The first part of the H-1B process requires submitting the I-129 petition for an H-1B work visa. You must also submit the employer's PERM labor certification and appropriate supporting evidence such as a copy of your diploma or other proof that you meet the educational requirements.

Subsequently, you may have to submit information such as your employment history, your resume, a copy of your passport or documentation specific to your job qualifications.

Because every applicant and scenario is different, you may be required to provide different documents and evidence of your qualifications. Having an experienced H-1B visa lawyer can help ensure that you provide everything you need for approval.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Getting an H-1B Work Visa?

A complete, accurate and legible application package will give you the best chance of having your application approved. This means filling out the forms completely, affixing your signature in black ink, attaching clear copies of any required documents, etc. Ensure you have included the correct fee in the form required (usually a check or money order).

Having an immigration attorney to assist you with your application can make a big difference. Your attorney understands the process and how to document every aspect of your application correctly, helping you get your visa as quickly and easily as possible.

Because every applicant and scenario is different, you may be required to provide different documents and evidence of your qualifications. Having an experienced H-1B visa lawyer can help ensure that you provide everything you need for approval.

Can My Family Join Me if I Have an H-1B Work Visa?

The work visa itself does not allow your family to accompany you into the United States. However, it can be the basis for the application for the appropriate dependent visa (typically the H4) for your spouse and unmarried children under 21. You may have other options for bringing your family with you. An immigration attorney can recommend the best approach for achieving your goals.

Because every applicant and scenario is different, you may be required to provide different documents and evidence of your qualifications. Having an experienced H-1B visa lawyer can help ensure that you provide everything you need for approval.

How Long Is an H-1B Work Visa Good For?

The initial visa is good for a period of three years. You may apply for a three-year extension, for a total of six years. In some cases, you may be able to extend your work visa beyond that time frame, depending on the circumstances.

What Happens if the Employee Quits or is Dismissed?

If a foreign worker holding an H-1B visa is fired or quits from the employer, they must either apply for a change to another non-immigrant status or leave the country. They also have the option to find another employer, which will be subject to an application for adjustment of status or change of visa, or both. Call Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. at 801-691-0604 to review your options. You may also contact us online through the contact page to schedule an initial consultation.