The H-1B program allows employers to hire workers with specialized knowledge in fields where it is hard for employers to find enough U.S. workers. In this program, an employer can hire a foreign worker and sponsor them when they apply for an H-1B visa.
An H-1B visa is a work permit that allows the foreign worker to work for a U.S. company in the United States. The employer pays any fees for the visa and submits the necessary paperwork for the applicant.
The H-1B visa is valid for three years once obtained, but it can be extended to as long as six years. Depending on the kind of work the visa holder does, it may be possible to extend the visa even further.
There are specific requirements that must be met by the applicant and the employer in order to obtain an H-1B visa, which include:
An applicant and their employer must complete several steps in order to apply for an H-1B Visa, as listed below.
This form may take three to four months to be processed.
The H-1B visa does have a significant advantage over many other visas in that it allows the visa holder to bring their dependent family members to the United States with them. This would include their spouse and any children under 21 years of age. However, the family members will need to apply for an H4 visa. With this visa, the family member can get a driver’s license, go to school, open a bank account, and get a Social Security number. Also, if they apply and are approved for an Employment Authorization Document, they can get a job.
Hiring foreign national workers can be a complex process that takes a lot more planning and filing than most employers may be used to. However, one of the best ways to make the process a little easier is to use an electronic I-9 management tool. This can make it easy to file and maintain the appropriate documentation correctly each and every time and avoid the penalties that come with non-compliance.