H-1B visas are popular immigration choice

Living and working in Texas can be an exciting prospect for immigrants. While there are different paths for accomplishing this, the H-1B visa is an extremely popular choice for individuals employed in specialty occupations or who can fulfill roles that domestic workers cannot. One of the biggest draws of this form of immigration is the ability to transition an H-1B to a green card. However, obtaining one of these highly-sought visas is easier said than done.

The first day of the fiscal year falls in the beginning of April, and on this day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service begins accepting applications for the H-1B visa. In April 2018, the USCIS received 200,000 applications in the first week alone. The USCIS has experienced the same application overload for the past 16 years.

Only 85,000 H-1B visas are made available annually. Of these, 65,000 are available for individuals who have at least earned a bachelor's degree or some type of equivalent. Another 20,000 are made available to those who have a master's or doctorate degree. Companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google frequently hire H-1B visa holders, likely in part due to the fact that applicants must have already earned a higher education. Many educators in the United States believe that hiring engineers and scientists who are here on H-1B visa is an essential part of strengthening the country's tech industry.

The H-1B visa has undergone several changes recently, which may have some people understandably worried. These changes can impact how a person files and whether he or she is eligible for certain things, such as premium processing. To avoid confusion or losing out on a valuable opportunity, it may be helpful to first seek guidance from a Texas attorney who is knowledgeable in immigration law.

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