How do I get an H-1B work visa?
H-1B Work visa
The H-1B visa is used to either
bring a foreign professional into the
A common question I receive is whether a person may file for his own H-1B visa for himself. The short answer is no. In order to get an H-1B visa, one must be the beneficiary of an employer’s petition. Before filing a petition with the Immigration Service, formally known as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), an employer must file a labor condition application (“LCA”) with the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”). An LCA is often confused with a labor “certification” application (“LC”); however, they are very different applications and serve very different purposes. The LCA is used for H-1B cases while the LC is used for permanent resident (green card) purposes. Each employer for which the employee will work must file its own petition and LCA.
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