If you are a Canadian with a valid job offer from a United States employer, you may be eligible to apply for the H1B work visaScreen Shot 2012 11 02 at 11.49.10 PM 300x194 What is an H1B Visa for the United States

This work visa is a special kind of visa available to people who work in “specialty occupations”, which are usually specific occupations that require high levels of education and are generally so specific and complex that a company must often bring in foreign workers to fill these positions.

Being approved for an H1B work visa is not an easy undertaking as there are many different things that you must have before you can apply, including:

A prevailing wage determination that proves your employer will be paying the prevailing wage for the occupation in their region, and this is done by filing a request with the State Employment Security Agency.

An employer’s attestation, which discusses the employer’s history with foreign workers, wages and that the employees will most certainly have work and won’t be locked out or on strike because of a union dispute. If this is completed properly, you’ll be able to use it in your application.

3. An employer’s petition, which will petition you for the H1B visa and is added to your application package.

If your occupation does not require a degree, you may be able to apply for an H2B visa or another type of United States work visa such as the TN visa.

How to apply for an H1B work visa in the United States

If you are a Canadian who wants to work in the United States, please know that the H1B visa application is a difficult one that includes plenty of paperwork. This visa is also a capped visa, which means that you must know where to file and when. There is more pressure on the applicant when there are only a certain amount of a type of visa given out every year, and in order to make sure you have a chance it is in your best interest to speak with a licensed immigration lawyer for help on your application.

When the government receives an overwhelming number of applications for a visa, which they will in the case of the H1B visa, it’s much easier for them to just return your application for you unprocessed if you make a mistake. Don’t make a mistake, and instead review your application with a lawyer.

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