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H-1B Visa Application Process: Step by Step

By Bill at April 13, 2019 01:44
Filed Under: Tips and Features, Visa Knowledge

USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions that are subject to the FY 2020 cap on April 1, 2019. The H-1B application process entails the following steps. For more information, please visit our Visa Knowledge library.

  1. Employer Submits LCA to DOL for certification.
    The employer must apply for and receive Department of Labor(DOL) certification of an Labor Certification Application(LCA). more info
  2. Employer Submits Completed Form I-129 to USCIS.
    The employer should file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with the correct USCIS Service Center. The DOL-certified LCA must be submitted with the Form I-129. more info
  3. Prospective Workers Outside the United States Apply for Visa and/or Admission.
    Once the Form I-129 petition has been approved, the prospective H-1B worker who is outside the United States may apply with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad for an H-1B visa (if a visa is required). Regardless of whether a visa is required, the prospective H-1B worker must then apply to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for admission to the United States in H-1B classification.

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