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5 Stages You Need to Know about H-1B Visa Screening Process

5 Stages You Need to Know about H-1B Visa Screening Process

Most of the H-1B applicants are aware of only the lottery and the role of the United States and Citizenship and immigration service with regard to H-1B visa, which is just the tip of the iceberg in the entire vetting process.

Many applicants and even sponsors will be astonished to know how many stages an H-1B visa application undergoes.

The 5 Stages You Need to Know About

Here are the five stages an H-1B visa application undergoes before getting finalized for lottery stage –

1) United States Department of Labor

It is entrusted with the task of checking whether the salary offered to an applicant is compliance with the prevailing wages in the region or not. This step is to avoid cheap foreign labor replacing domestic labor. In direction with this it examines Labor Condition Application (LCA) and if the applicant fails to satisfy the required conditions, then the application will be rejected.

2) United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)

USCIS carefully examines the 1-129 application and it is responsible for the lottery held annually to pick the lucky 85,000 H-1B visa applicants. It is empowered to ask either the applicant or the sponsor to furnish further information for final approval.

3) US Department of State

At this stage, the applicant is required to visit the US embassy in his home country and take a personal interview to move to next stage.

4) Department of Homeland Security

DHS is responsible to look into the scams held in issuing H-1B visas and its employees pay frequent visits to the workplace of H-1B visa holders to ensure everything is smooth.

5) US Customs and Border Patrol

They are the key which allows you to pass through the final door and step into American soil. They will check the H-1B visa and other required documents upon the arrival of the foreign worker at all U.S airports.

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