An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant work visa that grants United States employers the ability to hire foreign workers for specialty jobs that generally require a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. This can include occupations in fields such as information technology, finance, engineering, architecture and more. If you are a United States employer looking to hire a foreign worker, please read on, then contact an experienced work authorization permit lawyer in Milwaukee, WI to learn what you should know about getting an H-1B visa in Wisconsin.
Who is an H-1B visa for in Wisconsin?
An employer looking to sponsor an employee on an H-1B visa will need to establish:
- You are a United States employer offering a role that requires specialized knowledge
- That the applicant has a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field related to the offered role
Once obtained, the H-1B visa will have a cumulative maximum duration of 6 years.
What is the process for obtaining an H-1B visa in Wisconsin?
An employer initiates the H-1B work visa process in the United States. The following are the steps that an employer needs to go through in order to file a petition on behalf of a foreign worker:
- Submit a Labor Condition Application (“LCA”) for certification with the Department of Labor (DOL).
- Prepare an I-129 petition to file with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Submit the forms and supporting documents related to the position, company and applicant.
- Wait for the review from USCIS.
On average, the total processing time will vary based on the particular employer, DOL and the USCIS. It can take as long as 6 to 7 months for DOL to prevail wage determination and the USCIS to process the application. While you do not necessarily require a lawyer, you would be wise to reach out to a skilled family immigration lawyer in Milwaukee, WI to discuss your next steps.
What can a Milwaukee family immigration lawyer do for you?
The USCIS provides over 65,000 new H-1B visas, grants thousands of other individuals H-1B state and/or subjects them to the H-1B cap. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people search for a relatively limited number of visas. A seasoned immigration lawyer will have considerable knowledge about how the process plays out and will help you plan accordingly, so as to optimize an employer’s chances of success. Let our firm handle the legal work for this time-consuming and convoluted process. Please give us a call today.
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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why if you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.