H1 B Visa Application Process

By Tiara

An easy-to-miss, but very important part of your visa application is the employment section. This includes two parts: employer/employee relationships as well as proof of income while employed in America.

If you are applying for a work visa, you must prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your family while you’re in the United States. You must also show that you will return home after your stay here has ended.

It is not sufficient to say that you will be returning at the end of your fellowship or visiting sabbaticals, you need to clearly state that you will be leaving the country immediately after completing your project or tour.

You do not want to lie about this because you could potentially get denied entry into the US if immigration does not believe you will return. It is best to be clear and honest with no exaggerations or half-truths.

Create the application

h1 b visa application process

The next step in completing your visa application is to create an application! This can be done online through our dedicated tool here at ImmigrationHQ.com, or you can use another popular website such as Google Docs to do it.

We have made applying for this visa very easy by offering pre-made templates you can edit and add your personal touches to. Best of all, these applications are free! If you would like some help with editing your documents, you can always visit one of our Medical Centers where a professional worker will walk you through everything.

Remember that when creating your application there should be no blank spaces or unnecessary paragraphs. Only include what you need to prove who you are and why you deserve the visa.

Submit the application

h1 b visa application process

Once your documents are all in order, it’s time to apply for the visa! You can do this either through a consulate or via an agency. Most big cities have at least one consulate where you can submit applications so that is typically your best bet if you aren’t sure which city would be good for you.

There is some variation from country to country as to what documents must be submitted with the application, but the most common ones are an ID card (like a passport), proof of residence (like a lease or house payment) and proof of employment (like a job offer or payroll stub).

Some countries require additional forms, like proof of humanitarian purpose or evidence of intended training or education. These vary by region and department within each consulate. Consult their websites to know what documents they ask for in their specific area.

Consulates usually let you upload documents directly online, but sometimes you have to send them off first. Make sure to check both before and after submitting how long it will take for them to receive the documents.

Pay the application fee

h1 b visa application process

After you have gathered all of your documents, proof of residency and employment, and copies of your college transcripts, it is time to pay an application or submission fee. These fees cover various components of the process like processing, legal representation, and the visa officer’s time.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has set standard fees for each document type. The agency also offers expedited services for applications that are more than routine.

For most applicants, the USCIS website will tell you what documents are needed and what their cost is. You can then go about ordering them from a credential verification company or through a private individual or organization.

Some companies offer free document scanning as well which can help save money by avoiding the cost of having professionals typeset and scan paperwork.

Get the visa

h1 b visa application process

The process for getting an H-1B visa is very complicated, so it’s important to know what steps you must take before applying for one. You will also want to be sure that your documents are in order and match exactly how they should be at all times while you wait for the approval.

It can easily consume hours of your time if you don’t, so make sure you don’t waste anyone else's! Luckily, we have gathered some information here about the most crucial parts of the H-1B application process. Read on to learn everything you need to know about completing your paperwork, proving employment eligibility, and confirming your return flight.

Stay until your visa is approved

h1 b visa application process

Even after you have received word that your application has been accepted, it is important to stay in Canada for at least the mandatory two-week processing period.

It is very common for applicants to begin return travel or other commitments immediately following their visa interview. Unfortunately, this can sometimes cause issues as they must remain in Canada until their new visa has been processed and issued.

Many employers will not allow employees to leave during this time due to urgent family matters or business obligations. For students, completing degree requirements may be difficult if they are unable to attend classes.

There are several ways to handle this situation depending on what stage of immigration you are at at the moment.

Apply for a visa if your stay is longer than 6 months

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Even if you are only travelling for six months, you must apply for a visa to enter the United States. You can do this online through our country’s visa website – the use of these sites varies by nation.

There is no way to know how long it will take to process your application, but we recommend applying as early as possible!

We cannot tell you when at this time, but we can tell you that it takes several weeks — possibly even months — to receive word whether you have been granted or denied a visa. This could mean waiting both before you leave for travel and after returning home.

While there is not much you can do during this time, staying in contact with friends and family back home is important so they do not get worried about you. Also, attending social events may be possible while you wait for word, but it is up to individual event organizers.

Reapply every 2 years

h1 b visa application process

Even though you can reapply for an H-1B visa each year, it is not recommended to do so more than twice per person. Why? Because when you are applying for a new visa, there is a one-month grace period where your status does not change.

If someone in your team has run out of time before, they may be forced to remain abroad without valid documents until their next opportunity to apply. This could mean holding down a job or position that cannot be filled during this period!

It is best to have a backup plan if you need to stay longer outside of the US. Many immigrant groups offer resident visas to qualified professionals from other countries. These visas allow you to live and work here while your paperwork is being processed.

Share your visa application with friends

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After completing all of the required forms, it is time to start preparing for an interview! While some employers may be able to do this for you, most require that you apply through their internal systems which can be tricky to work around.

If you know anyone at your current employer or in the industry that you plan to pursue employment in, they could help you apply online or even call the company on your behalf so you are not left applying solo.

By sharing your applications with others, they will also have access to the same documents as you, making sure everything is consistent and authentic.

This is especially important if someone else completed part of the form before you, as they might update it while you are reviewing and editing yours. By using the same links and documents, there will be no confusion.