Foreign national teachers and professors who wish to teach and enrich students in the U.S., have a variety of viable visa options to choose from.
Here we present a snapshot of one of the most popular US visa for teachers - the H1B Visa.
In order to be eligible to seek an H1B visa for teachers, the following important conditions, among others, must be satisfied:
Foreign nationals, including teachers, may be admitted for an initial period of up to three years under the H1B visa classification. The period of admission may be extended up to an additional three years, for a maximum of six years. Generally, the H1B visa is limited to a total of six years unless certain conditions are met.
The spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age of an H1B visa holder may seek admission under the H-4 visa.
A Step-by-Step Advice For Successful H1B Filing
There is an annual 65,000 numerical cap for H1Bs known as the "H1B cap". When submitting the application, the employer must be sure that the cap is still open, i.e., the numerical limit has not been reached for the present fiscal year.
USCIS’ fiscal year goes from October 1 to September 30 of each year. Since an H1B petition can be submitted no earlier than six months before the start date of employment, the earliest a petition can be filed is April 1 of the previous fiscal year.
As an example, in order for a teacher to obtain an H1B visa and start working on October 1, 2017, an H1B petition can be filed no earlier than April 1, 2017.
Timing is an important factor to consider when evaluating the option of H1B for teachers.
Our experienced attorneys review the employment start date at the education institutions, and develops appropriate strategies to meet them.
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