The H1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Employers must petition for the individual whom they plan to employ or continue to employ in the United States. The duration of H1B is up to 3 years, generally extendable to maximum 6 years.
H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology, and fields such as teaching and accounting. For qualifying as a specialty occupation, the job must meet one of the following criteria:
For qualifying to accept a job offer in a specialty occupation, employee must meet one of the following criteria:
The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit “cap” of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap. Additionally, H-1B workers who are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities or a nonprofit research organization, or a government research organization are not subject to this numerical cap.
Under the new process USCIS announced On Dec 6, 2019, prospective petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021(FY 2021) cap must first electronically register. The registration period for the FY 2021 cap was from noon ET on March 1 to noon ET on March 20, 2020. Selected registrations will need to file H-1B cap-subject petitions within the 90-day period.