The H1-B visa is one of the most sought-after visa among skilled professionals of India. Despite being a non-immigrant visa, this visa allows foreign workers (of specialized occupations) to live and work in the United States for a long period of time.
According to the recently released news, now candidates interested to work in the United States can apply for the H1-B visas 90 days ahead of their employment commencement.
Generally, temporary worker visas require prospective employer to file a petition to the USCIS and get it approved before they can apply for the visa. After the petition is approved, your employer is issued with a Form I-797.
Now this can be applied 90 days ahead of your employment date. According to a statement in the Business Today, Indian candidates who are willing to apply for this visa with be allowed to apply for the visa up to 3 months in advance.
The Embassy tweets: “Applying for your work #USvisa? You can apply up to 90 days before the employment start date noted on your I-797”
Basically, non-immigrants who intend to work in the United States need a specific visa based upon the work they are doing. The H1-B visa is specifically for highly skilled workers.
The I-797 petition form must be filed before applying. This is a documented used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to facilitate communication with applicants or convey an immigration benefit.
“The petition, Form I-129, must be approved before you can apply for a work visa at the Embassy or Consulate. When your petition is approved, your employer or agent will receive a Notice of Action, Form I-797, which serves as your petition’s approval notification,” states a statement on the US Mission in India website, as quoted by the Business Times.
“Another important point to keep in mind is that the earliest visa holders can apply for entry into the US is 10 days prior to the beginning of the approved status period noted on the I-797” – Business Times.
Visa applicants are required to attend the interview, carrying their I-129 petition receipt number and a copy of their Form I-797. This is asked in order to verify the petition’s approval.