H-1B Overview

The H-1B visa as defined by the USCIS is a visa issued to an individual with a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent), working in a specialty occupation, earning a wage. What does this mean? It means that the applicant is someone who has either worked 12 years in their field (3 years being the equivalent of 1 year’s schooling) or holds a four year degree from an accredited college/university; working in a field that requires a bachelor’s degree, such as engineering, math, science, etc; and who is earning a prevailing wage.


The purpose of an H-1B visa is to grant employers the ability to hire workers from a foreign country who may meet the requirements of a particular position better than those in the US. This visa is exceedingly hard to get approved and it requires the visa seeker to be extremely vigilant. There are a few common pitfalls that applicants fall into during the interview process causing them to be denied the visa they seek. These are: failure to provide adequate documentation, inability to express their job duties, applying too late, not having a sufficient background and lack of interview skills.


Many interviewees’ lack the knowhow when it comes to the application and interview process cause them to be denied their visa. Applicants should adequately prepare for any contingencies that occur. Here at 221glaw.com, you will find resources that can help you prepare for the interview including an explanation of the interview, documents that you should bring with you, and a sample interview list.


You may also contact our attorney, Keshab Raj Seadie, Esq at 212.571.6002 for a comprehensive consultation and mock interview.