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H1b Visa Advantages

The top advantages include a high scope of earning potential for the applicants. An h1b visa applicant can earn more than in any other country. The other benefits include a pathway to a green card. Family members of h1b visa applicants can work. And, kids can enroll in schools.

Below, we list a few of the top advantages of an H1B visa

- Get an high paying job if you have the skills. 

- Change from one employer to another if you find it better. 

- Spouse & kids can travel as dependents & spouses can work if permitted EAD.

- Parents of the H1B visa holder can travel to the USA on leisure grounds. 

- Dual intent - which means while working on an H1V visa you can apply for permanent residency

- I140 - once you get this status, you can stay in USA on an H1B visa.

- Travel in & out of the United States whenever needed.  

H1B visa holders can work in the United States for up to six years. They work in specialty occupation positions. The H1B visaoffers more benefits than just the ability to work for that long. An employer qualifies a worker for compensation. They work in a specialty occupation. Also, one alien employee may enjoy many H1B petitions. So, H1B beneficiaries may get pay from more than one employer.

What is H1B Portability?

AC21 created H-1B portability. It allows some H1B visa holders to change employers without losing legal status.

Eligibility of H1B Portability

  • Must be in the United States on valid H1B status.
  • Admission into the United States must have occurred.
  • Must not have engaged in unauthorized employment since their last lawful admission.

Requirements:

  • New employer must file a new H1B petition with the USCIS on behalf of the employee.
  • The employee can start working for the new employer once USCIS gets the petition. This is shown by a receipt notice.
  • AC21 provides a 240-day grace period. During this time, the employee can keep working. The H1B transfer request may be pending past the end of the current H1B status.

Limitations:

  • H1B portability does not apply to individuals who are outside the United States.
  • In some cases, they revoke the original H1B petition. Or, they deny the new H1B petition. They may affect eligibility for portability.

Legal Considerations:

  • It's advisable to consult with an immigration attorney. They can ensure that you meet all laws.
  • They can help you understand the effects of changing employers under H1B portability.

Check Flexibility in H1B Employment 

H1B visa holders enjoy various flexibilities in employment:

  • H1B visa holders can switch employers. They do this by following specific procedures, such as filing a new petition with USCIS.
  • H1B visa holders in the U.S. can start working for a new employer. They can do this once the employer files an H1B transfer request with USCIS. This helps smooth transitions.
  • H1B visa holders can work for many employers at once. Each employer must file a separate H1B petition approved by USCIS.
  • H1B visa holders can work part-time. Their employer must file an H1B petition meeting specific requirements.
  • H1B visa holders can pursue employer-sponsored green cards. This offers long-term job flexibility and a path to citizenship.
  • Following the law is key for H1B visa holders. It helps them avoid big problems like visa revocation or deportation.

  • Consult Legal Experts. US immigration laws are complex. It's wise to seek guidance from immigration attorneys or experts. They can help with employment issues. 

Benefits of H1B Visas 

  • Work Authorization in the U.S: Holders of an H1B visa are authorized to work in the United States for a specific employer.

  • Employment Sponsorship: The H1B visa requires a U.S. employer to sponsor it. This can lead to job opportunities with good companies.

  • Specialized Occupation Eligibility: The visa is for people with specialized knowledge or skills. It's for fields like technology, engineering, finance, medicine, and academia.

  • Longer Stay Duration: At first, the H1B visa lasts up to three years. It can be extended for another three years, for a maximum stay of six years.

  • Pathway to Permanent Residency (Green Card): H1B visa holders may get a Green Card while in the US. This opens the chance to live and work in the country forever.

  • Dependent Visa for Spouse and Children: H1B visa holders can sponsor their spouse and kids under 21 for an H4 visa. It lets them come with the H1B holder to the U.S.

  • Portability Between Employers: Under some conditions, H1B visa holders can change employers without losing legal status. The new employer must file a new H1B petition or the holder must file for a transfer.

  • Opportunities for Advancement: Working in the United States on an H1B visa can offer chances for career growth. It can also offer chances for skill development. It also provides exposure to a diverse range of experiences and cultures.

  • Access to Social Security Benefits: H1B visa holders can apply for Social Security benefits. These include retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. The decisions are based on the work history of H1B holders in the United States.

  • Networking and Professional Development: Being employed in the U.S. on an H1B visa allows individuals to network with professionals in their field. They can attend conferences, workshops, and pursue further education. This will help them enhance their skills and knowledge.

  • Contributions to U.S. Economy: H1B visa holders help the U.S. economy. They do so through their work, innovation, and expertise. They drive growth and advance tech in many sectors.

  • Global Mobility and Experience: Working in the United States on an H1B visa gives valuable global work experience. It enhances the person's resume. It also boosts their global work ability. It also makes them more competitive in the job market.

  • Gives H1B visa holders flexibility: They can change jobs without having to wait for approval of a new H1B petition.

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