What Mistakes Should I Avoid When Applying for an H-1B Visa?

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As you may likely already know, entry into the United States with a work authorization visa is limited. This is especially true for the H-1B visa, which is exclusively designated for individuals seeking specialty work in the United States (i.e., science, technology, engineering, medicine, etc). For this reason alone, you must not make any mistakes in your H-1B visa application that may jeopardize your chances of approval. Continue reading to learn what mistakes to avoid when applying for an H-1B visa and how an experienced work authorization permit lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at Sesini Law Group, S.C., can help you take the right approach.

What common mistakes should I avoid when applying for an H-1B visa?

First, you must ensure you retrieve the correct form for an H-1B visa from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. Namely, this is Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. With this, you must also ensure that this is the most current version of Form I-129 available.

After this, you must make a diligent effort to fill out Form I-129 in its entirety. Not only must every required field be filled out, but it must be filled out with accurate information. Lastly, you must not forget to supplement your H-1B visa application with the necessary supporting documentation. This is not to mention the $460 filing fee, which is most easily paid via a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. Such documentation includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Evidence that your proposed United States employment qualifies as a specialty occupation.
  • Evidence that you qualify to perform in the specialty occupation (i.e., copies of your work licenses, college degrees, etc).
  • Evidence that you received a job offer for the specialty occupation (i.e., copies of your written correspondence with the employer, employment contract, etc).

What deadline should I keep in mind for an H-1B visa application?

You must understand that the USCIS places a cap on how many H-1B visas it administers per fiscal year. Namely, current regulations set this cap at 65,000 H-1B visas. So to apply for an H-1B visa for the fiscal year 2025 that begins on October 1, 2024, you must keep the following dates in mind:

  • February 21, 2024: this is the first day on which you may create an H-1B registrant account.
  • March 1, 2024: this is the first day on which you may submit your H-1B visa application.
  • March 20, 2024: this is the last day on which you may submit your H-1B visa application.
  • March 31, 2024: this is the day on which the USCIS intends to notify selected applicants.

In conclusion, you require the services of a skilled Milwaukee, WI work authorization lawyer when filling out your H-1B visa application. So please schedule an initial consultation with us at Sesini Law Group, S.C. today.

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