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  • 09 March, 2021

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Types of Visas Granted by the US Administration

To fill a vacuum of highly-skilled low-cost employees in IT and other related domains, the US administration issues a certain number of visas each year which allows companies from outside the US to send their employees to work on client sites.

  • When a person travels to the US with a non-immigrant visa, then he/she has to depart from the US by the date of visa expiration. It allows one to work for a specific employer only.
  • H1B Visa
    • It is most popular among Indian IT companies. Issued for a period of 3 to 6 years.
    • Meant for persons in Specialty Occupation: to work in a specialty occupation, one requires a higher education degree or its equivalent.
    • The total number of H-1B visas issued annually: 85,000.
    • Of these, 65,000 H-1B visas are issued to highly skilled foreign workers, while the rest 20,000 can be additionally allotted to highly skilled foreign workers who have a higher education or master’s degree from an American university.
  • H2 B Visa
    • It permits employers to hire foreign workers to come temporarily to the United States and perform temporary non-agricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peak load or intermittent basis.
    • H-2B visa holders are allowed for one year, with renewal for two years.
  • L Visa
    • Meant to transfer candidates who already work for a foreign branch of a US-based company, or are planning to open operations in the US of a foreign-based company.
    • Holders are granted an initial three years of stay in the U.S, which is subject to further extension up to 7 years.
  • The key difference between H1B and H1B1 visas:
    • H-1B visa permits for “dual intent” which means that a foreign national will be coming to work in a professional position temporarily while also intending to immigrate to the United States at some point in time in the future. H-1B visa holders can apply for permanent residency by applying for a green card.
    • H1B1 visa applicants, however, have to demonstrate that they do not intend to immigrate to the United States at all.

Source: TH


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