Have you completed your graduate degree in a specialized field that requires theoretical or technical expertise and you long to make significant contributions within your field in the United States?
Perhaps you have a high-profile position with the Department of Defense and wish to utilize your unique skill-set with the same department but in the US?
You may be eligible to obtain an H-1B or an H-1B2 visa for the United States if you meet the specific criteria.
Have you been fortunate enough to become a prominent, international fashion model and have been offered a modeling position in the United States?
If so, you may be able to fulfill your dream of working as a model in the US with an H-1B3 visa if you meet specific requirements.
We have provided a synopsis of the H visas for you, including some of the questions and answers you may want to know before applying.
Who Qualifies or is Eligible for the H-1B, H-1B2, and H-1B3 Visas?
Individuals and families who wish to work temporarily in the US and business owners who want to hire a foreign individual who qualifies as someone with a specialty occupation, a Department of Defense worker, or as a prominent fashion model may qualify for one of these visa categories.
H-1B - Specialty Occupations
Preference for the H-1B visa will be given to individuals with graduate degrees; however, you may be eligible for this visa with a Bachelor’s degree.
The job must be complex or unique so that it can only be performed by an individual with a degree.
You must hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification that authorizes you to fully practice the specialty occupation and be engaged in that specialty in the state where you intend to work.
H-1B2 - Department of Defense Researcher and Development Project Worker
To qualify for the H-1B2 visa, the cooperative research and development project or a co-production project must be provided for under a government-to-government agreement administered by the US Department of Defense. A bachelor’s degree, Ph.D. or its equivalent is required to perform duties.
H-1B3 - Fashion Model
To qualify for the H-1B3 visa there must be a modeling position available or modeling services required for which a fashion model of prominence is qualified to perform. To be eligible for this visa category you must be a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability.
What are the H-1B, H-1B2 and H-1B3 Visas?
The H-1B, H-1B2, and H-1B3 visas are employment-based, non-immigrant visas for temporary workers.
They apply to people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation (H-1B), services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project (H-1B2), or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability (H-1B3).
What is the Process to Apply for the H-1B, H-1B2, and H-1B3 Visas?
You must find a US employer who is willing to sponsor you for the specific job for which you are qualified. The employer must submit a Labor Conditions Approval (LCA), along with Form I-129. Finally, the applicant completes the application at a US Embassy or Consulate.