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The H-1B Visa

A work visa for speciality employees

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What is the H-1B?

The H-1B is a temporary work visa for employees in a specialized field.  This six-year visa is primarily granted to people working in STEM fields or with special technical backgrounds but many other professions also qualify. Candidates must have a college degree (or many years of experience) related to their field of work and the employer must pay a prevailing wage.

Who Qualifies for the H-1B

A wide range of specialty occupations qualify for the H-1B, including:

  • Software Developers
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants

Benefits of the H-1B

  • The H-1B is a "dual intent visa," meaning there is a path to apply for a green card.
  • The H-1B has a six-year validity period.
  • H-1B (spouse and children) dependents can live with you in the U.S. with H-4 status.

Important Dates

March 1, 2023: H-1B registration period opens at 12:00 pm Eastern

March 17, 2023: H-1B registration period closes at 12:00 pm Eastern

March 18-31, 2023: USCIS notifies selected registrants

April 1, 2023: H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed

October 1, 2023: Start date for H-1B lottery recipients

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H-1B lottery and transfers are simple with Legalpad

Enter a candidate in the H-1B lottery cap or transfer a candidate's H-1B from a previous employer with ease.

H-1B Lottery

Plan ahead for that perfect hire.

85,000 new H-1Bs are issued every year through the H-1B lottery. We guide you through the H-1B lottery process, and if your candidate is selected, we care take of the paperwork and complexities of the application.

H-1B Transfer

Get your new hire started right away.

So you found a candidate, but they need to transfer their H-1B visa from their former employer to the new employer. No problem! We handle all of the paperwork so you can focus on your onboarding plan.

5-Step Process

Step 1

Screen

We make sure the position and candidate qualify for the H-1B

Step 2

Onboard

We collect all the details we need for the H-1B petition in one go

Step 3

Review

We review the petition together with the labor condition application

Step 4

Share

We give you the compliance docs to keep for your records

Step 5

Sign

You sign the final version of the petition and we ship it to USCIS

Client Testimonials

Stewart Fortier

"Legalpad has taken the dreaded H-1B process and made it as simple as posting a new job on a job board."

Stewart Fortier
Banzai
Avalara Legal"Preparing the H-1B petition is remarkably easy with Legalpad. The Legalpad team provides a wealth of knowledge about immigration in the workplace and simplifies a complex process for our legal and HR teams using a tech-driven approach." Avalara Legal Team
Chris Pitchford"Legalpad is the only immigration service that 'gets it.' I've personally had two visa petitions approved with Legalpad which have allowed me to create tremendous value in the US. I simply wouldn't trust anyone else to handle my file." Chris Pitchford
Ally
| Legalpad | US Work Visa and Immigration Services“My experience with Legalpad was nothing short of amazing and was efficiently executed, the team helped me navigate the H-1B process with great knowledge of the process and responded quickly to my questions with the right guidance. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for legal services in the US. I am beyond grateful because they have a team of exceptional people working there and understand their clients needs very well. Keep doing what you guys are doing!!” Haider Piracha
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