H-1B Visa Lawyers in Houston
We Keep You Informed Every Step of the Way
Each year, about 200,000 nonimmigrant workers apply for the H-1B visa. This visa is the most common type of work visa. The H-1B visa allows businesses in the U.S. to hire foreign national workers for up to six years. Those who obtain this visa will be permitted to live and work in the United States.
At Davis & Associates, we help companies hiring foreign talent and workers seeking employment visas. Our H-1B employment visa attorneys in Houston have over 60 years of combined experience helping clients obtain these nonimmigrant work visas.
To learn more about the H-1B requirements and procedures, call our skilled immigration lawyers at (832) 720-7112.
Types of H-1B Employment Opportunities
In order to be eligible for this type of visa, you must meet several requirements. First, you must be qualified to work in a specialty occupation, as a DOD researcher and development project worker, or as a fashion model.
There are several types of specialty occupations that may qualify as H-1B jobs, including, but not limited to:
- Accountants and auditors
- Database administrators
- Civil engineers
- Physicians and surgeons
- Mechanical engineers
- Financial analysts
- Data communication and network administrators
- Software engineers
- Industrial engineers
- College and university educators
- Budget and management analysis
- Electrical engineers
In addition to working in the right type of job, you will need to have the right qualifications for that job. That is, your degree must correspond to the particular field for which you are seeking an H-1B visa. A person who holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, for example, would not be permitted to apply for an H-1B visa for a mechanical engineering job.
Prepare Early for H1B Visa Applications
There are currently only 85,000 H-1B visas available per year, and the number of H1B Visa applications greatly outweighs the quota, or “cap,” put in place each year. In previous years, this cap has been reached within one week of USCIS accepting applications. However, with scrutiny placed on the H1B program by the current administration, and an immigration plan to be proposed by the Whitehouse in early 2018, American businesses and attorneys are preparing for a tougher H1B process. Changes to the H1B program could include a lower cap, stricter requirements to be met, or a more expensive or complicated filing process.
Davis & Associates recommends that businesses and individuals counting on H1B sponsorship immediately start preparing to file. This includes preparing all paperwork to be submitted, completion of any preliminary paperwork, collection of documents and payments, confirmed sponsor or employees to be sponsored, etc.
The benefits of preparing your H1B petition early are:
- Getting ahead of any possible changes to the H1B process.
- Avoiding last minute issues that might arise when submitting an H1B petition.
- Having the ability to file the first day that new H1B petitions are accepted.
- Possessing the peace-of-mind that everything is in order ahead of the H1B filing date.
Contact Davis & Associates Today for Legal Guidance
If you would like to apply for an H-1B employment visa in Houston, our immigration attorneys can help. Alternatively, if you are an employer, we can help you determine if your job qualifies for H-1B worker sponsorship and assist with the hiring process.
Schedule a consultation with our team today by calling (832) 720-7112.