What is H-1B visa?
H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa in the United States allowing U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. To obtain this visa, an employer must offer a job and apply for the employee’s H1B visa petition with the US Immigration Department. This approved petition is a work permit which allows the employee to obtain a visa stamp and work in the U.S. for that employer.
One of the main advantages of the H1B visa is that it is a ‘dual intent’ visa which means that you can apply for a Green Card (become a Legal Permanent Resident).
Top City Ranking For H-1B Visa:
* City Rankings are calculated on the % number of total H1B visa applications filed
1. New York: New York is ranked as the state that have hired and sponsored most with an average salary of 90,000 to 95,000$
2. Houston: Houston’s average salary is from 70,000 to 75,000$
3. Chicago & Redmond: This two city takes up the third place with 70,000–75,000$ and 90,000–95,000$, respectively.
Popular jobs with H-1B visa: There are hundreds of different professions and jobs that obtain H1B visas each year. IT, Engineering, Finance, Health/Medical, Business, Teaching, Marketing related professions are ALL consistently in the top rankings that get H1B visa sponsorship each year. For instance:
· Business Analysis
· QA Manager
· JAVA Developer
· SAS Programmer
· Validations Engineer
The Process for international professionals and students to obtain a H-1B visa:
· Step 1: Find a suitable and qualifying IT Jobs with H-1B Sponsorship with a US Company that will sponsor you for employment.
· Step 2: Find the US Company files for your H1B visa the US Immigration Bureau who processes it and issues it to you.
The challenges faced by employees on a H1B visa in the IT industry in the US:
· Unavailable jobs for visa sponsorship, and the lack of willingness from some US companies to sponsor.
· Some potential logistical obstacles throughout the job search and recruitment process might happen if you are living overseas.
· The differences between USA and other countries such as ecruitment methods, interviewing techniques, employment laws,… can be a throwback for many people.
· Since you are from a foreign nation, you are unfortunately not allowed to take over any job you want. Some strict and enforced immigration-employment laws might govern and control the type of job that can be obtained.