What is an H-1B Visa?

H-1B visas are business visas designed for non-immigrant workers in specialty occupations with highly specialized knowledge.

There are various types of specialty occupations for which a non-immigrant worker may be eligible to obtain an H-1B visa. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) explains that the H-1B program is one that “applies to employers seeking to hire non-immigrant aliens as workers in specialty occupations or as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability.” According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the H-1B visa can also apply to non-immigrants who will be providing “services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project.”

The eligibility requirements for each of these classifications are complex, and it is vital to have an experienced Nashville immigration attorney assist you with the visa process. In the meantime, the following information can help to clarify some of those specific eligibility requirements.

What is a Specialty Occupation?

The most common classification for an H-1B visa is a person with a “specialty occupation.” There are three different categories of eligibility requirements, and it is important to be familiar with the requirements that must be met under all three categories.

First, in order to have a specialty occupation that is eligible for an H-1B visa, both of the following must be true:

Second, in addition to one of the above, a person with a specialty occupation that is eligible for an H-1B visa also must also meet one of the following requirements concerning a degree or its equivalent:

Third and finally, in order to qualify to do the work of the specialty occupation, one of the following must be true of the worker:

Contact Our Nashville Immigration Attorneys

If you need assistance with an H-1B visa for a specialty occupation, a DOD researcher, or a fashion model, it is important to seek advice from one of our experienced Nashville immigration lawyers. Contact Ozment Law, PLC, to learn more today.