Commonly known as a US work visa, H1B is a nonimmigrant, employment based visa that is granted to an eligible temporary worker. You must have a US based, specialty occupation at-hand and your employer must apply for your H1B visa petition with the US Immigration Department. Once approved, this petition is a work permit in the form of I-797 which allows you to obtain a visa stamp and begin work in the U.S. for that employer.
H1B Eligibility : H1B visa is issued for a specialty occupation including but not limited to the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, requires a theoretical and practical application of a body of such specialized knowledge and requires the visa holder to have a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent at a minimum. H-1B work-authorization is restricted to employment by the sponsoring employer. Check : H1B eligibility and H1 petition process for more information. H-1B work-authorization is restricted to employment by the sponsoring employer.
H1B visa stamping & Interview: Once the H1B petition is approved and a consequent visa interview with an applicable US consulate or embassy is successful you get the H1 visa stamp on your passport.
The Following details outline the H1B visa stamping process if applying from India. This stamping process assumes that you already have a H1B petition approved and are ready for a visa interview and visa stamping. For general information on H1B visa or H1 visa petition, please look the H1B visa section.
Each individual H1B visa application requires a digital photograph. Digital images are required for some visa categories, while photos are required for other visa categories. The acceptance of your digital image or photo depends on the U.S. embassy or consulate where you apply.
The criteria for your photo are as follows:
Eye Glasses are not allowed
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 be 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.
For those who have currently applied for this visa or are planning to apply for the visa in the future, here is some useful information on the process.
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