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How to Secure Your H-1B Visa

A Practical Guide for International Professionals and Their US Employers

Bach, James A., Werner, Robert G.

2013, VI, 176 p. 203 illus.

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    • The H-1B process is broken out into the action steps that are relevant to the reader.
    • Steps are clearly marked as pertinent to the employee or to the employer.
    • Tips, tricks, and pitfalls are boxed to stand out.
    • Forms discussed in the text are reproduced in the appendix and hyperlinked in the ebook.
    • The appendix contains a list of recommended resources.

The H-1B visa is the gateway for the world's best and brightest to live and work in the United States as IT professionals, engineers, scientists, professors, doctors, nurses, and researchers. How to Secure Your H‑1B Visa guides employees and employers alike through the maze of H-1B laws, policies, and procedures. This road map lays out the whole H-1B process from petition to visa to status maintenance to visa extension and, ultimately, to permanent residence in the US for you and your family. It shows you step by step exactly how the H-1B process divides up between the employer and employee. It identifies the points where the two tracks converge and the H-1B employer and employee need to pull in tandem.

Navigation icons tell you at a glance whether a topic concerns employees and employers equally or primarily one or the other. Sidebars highlight pitfalls, liabilities, and disasters to avoid; tips and exceptions to leverage for success; administrative and enforcement trends and late-breaking changes; and special  conditions that apply to nationals of particular countries, such as India and China. Ancillary chapters cover complementary visas for family members and H-1B substitute visas for professionals with particular skill sets or from particular countries, such as Australia and Canada.

The authors are Silicon Valley immigration lawyers with 60 years combined experience handling professional work visas. Whether you are an international professional desiring to work in the US for the first time, an international student in the US wishing to remain after graduation, or a hiring manager or HR specialist for a sponsoring entity, this short book will show you how to secure, maintain, and leverage your H-1B visa and answer all your questions about:


  • quotas and exemptions
  • RFEs and consular interviews
  • dual representation by the employer's lawyer
  • LCA compliance, auditing, and penalties
  • serial H-1B employers
  • termination and benching regulations
  • reconciling filing deadlines with expiration dates
  • transitioning from academic to affiliated to private H-1B employment


Content Level » Popular/general

Related subjects » Business & Management

Table of contents 

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of the H-1B Petition Procedure
  3. The H-1B Annual Quota
  4. Eligibility for H-1B Status
  5. Complementary Roles of the H-1B Employee, Sponsor, and Attorney 
  6. Employer Inputs to the H-1B Process
  7. Employee Inputs to the H-1B Process
  8. Labor Condition Application Compliance
  9. H-1B Investigations and Penalties
  10. Maintaining H-1B Status 
  11. Termination of H-1B Employment
  12. H-1B Alternative Visas
  13. Summary
  14. Appendix 4
  15. Appendix 5
  16. Appendix 6
  17. Appendix 8
  18. Appendix 9
  19. Appendix 10

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