Today’s guest is Jason Finkelman. Jason is an immigration lawyer, and you may remember that he’s been a guest on Breaking the Borders once before. Then, he talked mainly about visas for exceptional and extraordinary talent. This time he explains the H1-B visa process.
The H1-B is a temporary non-immigrant visa that allows a foreign national to work in the US in a job that generally, minimally requires a bachelor’s degree to perform. It allows presence in the United States for up to three years, with an extension of up to three more years, for a total of six years. This would be for work for a US employer, and all employers are considered equally.
There are 85,000 visas available each year. Over the past few years, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received that many just on the first day of applications, which this year is April 3. If the visa is approved, it becomes effective on October 1.
Because of the surplus, a computer randomly selects the 85,000 that will be