H Visa Overview

The H visa category for temporary non-immigrant visas includes several categories:
 

  • H-1B: Person in Specialty Occupation
  • H-1B1: Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional - Chile, Singapore
  • H-2A: Temporary Agricultural Worker
  • H-2B: Temporary Non-agricultural Worker
  • H-3: Trainee or Special Education visitor

H-1B: Person in Specialty Occupation

To work in a specialty occupation requires a higher education degree or its equivalent, including fashion models of distinguished merit and ability and government-to-government research and development, or co-production projects administered by the Department of Defense.

H-1B1: Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional - Chile, Singapore

To work in a specialty occupation  requires a higher higher education degree or its equivalent involving at least four years of study in the field of specialization. (Note: The H-1B1  is with a few exceptions the same as the H-1B. This is not a petition-based visa. For application procedures, please refer to the website for the U.S. Embassy in Chile or the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.)

H-2A: Temporary Agricultural Worker

For temporary or seasonal agricultural work. Limited to citizens or nationals of designated countries, with limited exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest.

H-2B: Temporary Non-agricultural Worker

For temporary or seasonal non- agricultural work. Limited to citizens or nationals of designated countries, with limited exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest.

H-3: Trainee or Special Education visitor

To receive training, other than graduate medical or academic, that is not available in the trainee’s home country or practical training programs in the education of children with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities.

For more information see Temporary Worker Visas and Temporary (Non-immigrant) Workers.

 

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Submitted by SS (not verified) on Mon, 05/23/2022 - 14:42 Permalink

Hi Sir,

I have been on H1 with an approve I140 and currently on H4 awaiting EAD with pending I485 application which seems to be taking over a year now. It has been 9 months since AOS was filed and I am unable to work due to lack of EAD.I have also applied of Expedite EAD quoting break in work and being unable to find work due to lack of EAD. If I do find a job with Employer willing to take me on H1B since there is no current active H1, will they be able to do it via cap exempt with the approved I140? Please let know if this is possible. Appreciate any information on how to get work authorization as soon as possible.

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