United States of America (USA) is one of the most versatile countries with 42.4 million immigrants (legal and illegal) as per US census. This accounts for more than 13% of US population. In USA, if you are a family member of permanent residents you can apply under immediate family member’s category. Most people receive Greencard through sponsorship of relatives or employers. The process and time duration depends upon category under which you are applying.
US have one of the complex visa rules. There are 185 different types of Visa with two main categories:
- Immigrant Visa
- Non-Immigrant Visa
If you are a skilled person looking for work in USA on temporary basis then you can apply for H1B employment visa. There is quota for yearly intake under H1B visa.
Your visa is filed by a company who is interested in hiring you in US.
If the petition is approved, your employer will receive I-797.
H1B is designed for specialty occupations like information technology, computer software etc.
You must have a Bachelor’s Degree in specific specialty for which you are employed.
Once I-797 is there, you have to fill the DS 160, pay visa fees and schedule interview date with your respective embassy.
For interview, you need to carry basic documents like university degrees, certificates or any other special achievement evidence, Original letters from current and previous employers.
If you are already having H1B visa and are applying then payslips from current company, bank statement covering 12 months employment in USA.
You have to provide Name and Contact information of your employment managers, federal tax forms and resume.
You need to be very clear about the company, your profile, interview taken by company, expected job roles, terms of contracts.
You receive the visa for one, two or three year which is further renewable.
Your spouse can apply for dependent visa called H4.