The H1B visa is commonly known as work visa to USA. H1 visa is an employment based visa that can be granted for an eligible and qualified temporary worker. For such a visa, an employer must offer a job and apply for your H1B visa petition with the US Immigration Department. This approved petition( approved form I797) is a work permit which allows you to obtain a visa stamp and work in the U.S. for that employer.
H1B Eligibility : H1B visa is issued for a specialty occupation, requires theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge and requires the visa holder to have at least a Bachelors degree or its equivalent. Check : H1B eligibility and H1 petition process for more information.
H1B visa stamping: Once you have an approved H1B petition , you can setup a H1 visa interview with nearest applicable US consulate or embassy.
Upon successful visa interview, you get the h1 visa stamp on your passport.
Following is the H1B visa stamping process for applying for H1B visa from India. This stamping process assumes that you already have H1B petition approved and ready for Visa interview and visa stamping. If you are looking for general information about H1B visa or h1 visa petition you should look the H1B visa section.
A digital photograph is required for while applying for a H1B visa. The photograph must meet certain criteria. A good photographer or studio can get this picture if you mention photograph needed for H1B visa purpose.
The digital photograph must meet the following requirements:
See the complete photograph requirements for H1B visa
Please Note: Some embassies or consulates no longer require you to upload a digital photograph while filling out the DS-160 form. In such cases, the photograph will taken at the OFC (offsite facilitation center) or ASC (Application Service Center) along with the fingerprint at Visa Application Center.
H1B visa application (form DS160) must be completed online, over the internet. You can complete the application at Dept of State website.
After successfully completing the application, you will receive a confirmation with a 10-digit barcode. Take a printout of this page. This will be needed for setting up your visa interview appointment.
See complete details on how to fill H1B visa application form DS160.
After you pay the fees, you will have to schedule 2 appointments as part of the H1B visa process. The two-part appointment process consists of an appointment with one of the five Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) to give Biometrics information that includes fingerprinting and photograph , and second an appointment with the Consulate or Embassy for a personal visa interview.
Take online visa appointment at offical website for US visa appointment.(www.ustraveldocs.com/in).
See complete details of taking an appointment for H1B visa interview.
On the day and time of your appointment for interview, go to the consulate where your interview is scheduled. Carry all mandatory and supporting documents and originals.
Carry the following to your interview:
See complete details of the H1B visa interview process.
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