For foreign nationals, working in the United States can present a wonderful opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Employers can also benefit from the different perspectives and unique experience that foreign workers bring to the table. However, employers and employees must understand the visa requirements and apply for the proper visa from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if they wish to benefit from the opportunity for a foreign national to work in the U.S.
An H1B1 visa opens up the opportunity for foreign nationals from Chile and Singapore to come to the U.S. The H1B1 Visa is an alternative to a standard H1B visa that has been available since the U.S. signed a Free Trade Agreement with Chile and Singapore in 2003. A Maryland employment immigration lawyer can help you determine if this visa is the best choice for you. Our firm represents employers and employees in all steps of obtaining an H1B1 visa.
H1B1 status is available to some workers from Chile and Singapore who are not eligible for a traditional H1B visa. While an H1B visa restricts work opportunities to people with at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, Chilean and Singaporean citizens may be able to obtain an H1B1 visa without this educational or academic background if they take jobs in certain fields. For example, a Chilean could come to the U.S. to work as a physical therapist or an agricultural manager even without a bachelor’s degree.
The relaxed requirements provide both foreign workers and employers with broader opportunities to take advantage of work visa programs. A Maryland employment immigration lawyer at our firm will review your circumstance and help to determine if you qualify for an H1B1 visa or if your company can benefit from employing H1B1 workers.
At Miranda & Weisman, our attorneys assist with all the necessary steps in obtaining an H1B1 visa. Employers, for example, must have a labor condition application (LCA) certified by the Department of Labor in the United States to hire H1B1 workers. Workers, on the other hand, can apply for their visa at a U.S. Consulate in their home country and may apply directly even if no petition has been filed in advance. Our attorneys take care of the paperwork for employers and employees so that you have the best chance of getting the visa application approved.
Employers and holders of H1B1 visas need to understand the rights and limitations that apply to H1B1 visas. A Maryland employment immigration lawyer can explain exactly how these visas work and can help to protect your right to remain in the United States. For example, H1B status is usually granted for a year but our attorneys can apply for extensions that would allow you to stay in the country longer.
It is also important to understand that H1B1 visas are not dual intent visas, unlike H1B or L visas. This means that applying for a green card could endanger your immigration status.
The numerous rules that govern obtaining a H1B1 visa are reason to seek the advice of an experienced Baltimore immigration law firm for help understanding your rights under U.S. immigration law. Miranda & Weisman can help. Call us today at 410-321-4994 to speak with a member of our bilingual legal team to learn more. You can also complete our online contact form.