What are qualifications needed for an H-1B visa?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2022 | Visas

Employers in the United States often find that they have to bring workers from overseas into the company to accomplish certain goals or work on projects.

To do so, these employers can file an H-1B application on behalf of their potential employees. Due to the limits on these visas, the potential applicant must meet certain minimum qualifications, however.

Job requirements for H-1B visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discuss qualifications needed for an H-1B visa. The employee first of all needs to have a specialty occupation. In other words, they need a bachelor’s degree or higher in their field, and their job must use theoretical and practical application of very specialized knowledge and skillsets.

On top of that, they need to meet at least one of the below criteria, including:

  • The employer usually requires a person with a bachelor’s degree or higher to apply for the job
  • This degree is necessary either due to the complexity of the job, or because it is industry standard
  • The knowledge needed for this job typically comes with the necessary degree

Personal requirements for H-1B eligibility

As for the prospective employees, they need to meet at least one of multiple potential requirements as well. For example, they need either a bachelor’s degree or higher, and they must get this from an accredited university. They may also complete a foreign degree which acts as the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

They could have an unrestricted license which allows them to practice their craft or job in the intended state. They could also complete training, education and a period of work that roughly equates to the worth of a bachelor’s degree or higher.

With these qualifications, it is possible for a worker to gain an H-1B visa.