The H-1B visa as defined by the USCIS is a visa issued to an individual with a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent), working in a specialty occupation, earning a wage. What does this mean? It means that the applicant is someone who has either worked 12 years in their field (3 years being the equivalent of 1 year’s schooling) or holds a four year degree from an accredited college/university; working in a field that requires a bachelor’s degree, such as engineering, math, science, etc; and who is earning a prevailing wage.
The purpose of an H-1B visa is to grant employers the ability to hire workers from a foreign country who may meet the requirements of a particular position better than those in the US. This visa is exceedingly hard to get approved and it requires the visa seeker to be extremely vigilant. There are a few common pitfalls that applicants fall into during the interview process causing them to be denied the visa they seek. These are: failure to provide adequate documentation, inability to express their job duties, applying too late, not having a sufficient background and lack of interview skills.
Many interviewees’ lack the knowhow when it comes to the application and interview process cause them to be denied their visa. Applicants should adequately prepare for any contingencies that occur. Here at 221glaw.com, you will find resources that can help you prepare for the interview including an explanation of the interview, documents that you should bring with you, and a sample interview list.
You may also contact our attorney, Keshab Raj Seadie, Esq at 212.571.6002 for a comprehensive consultation and mock interview.
List of Documents:
When going to your consulate for a H-1B Visa stamping you will be required to bring documentation that will prove the veracity of your claims. The Visa officer has been trained to detect lies and falsified testimony, therefore it is your job to provide documentation of every word you say. It is always better to be over prepared than under prepared. Make sure your documents are easily accessible when asked for and are in a reasonably good condition.
Please keep in mind that this is an incomplete list and depending on your specific circumstances you may have to bring more than the following basic requirements. This is why it is important for you to contact an attorney to review your documents.
- A valid passport that does not expire until at least 6 months past your stay in the US
- All previously held passports
- Photograph taken no more than 6 months prior measuring exactly two inches by two inches
- Form DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
- H-1B petition copy
- Copy of LCA
- Visa appointment letter
- Receipt for Visa application fee payment
- Employment Verification Letter from H-1B Petitioning employer
- Vendor Letter
- Client Letter with appropriate header
- Project documents
- Contract Letter
- Work orders
- Pay stubs for
- Most updated resume
- Reference letters from past employers
- Client Location photos
- Pay Stubs if applicable
- Tax Statements if applicable
- Bank Statements