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H-1B1 Special "Singaporean H-1B"

The H-1B1 is a special visa for citizens of Singapore only. It is similar to an H-1B visa. Its key advantage is that it allows Singaporean citizens to avoid the H-1B quota which often runs out quickly.

 

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The H-1B1 visa is similar to a regular H-1B in that it is available for professionals, i.e., occupations which require at least a bachelor's degree, e.g., teachers, computer programmers, engineers, accountants, etc. One of its key advantages is that it permits citizens of Singapore to get around the problems with the H-1B quota since the quota for regular H-1Bs often runs out quickly.

Reader Comments

I am not clear on H-1B1 visa

I am not clear on H-1B1 visa for Singaporeans. I wish to find out whether it is possible to change to H-1B status from H-1B1 status with permitted time. It is the only thing I want to know.

Changing status to H1B from H-1B1

There is no bar upon changing from H1B1 status into another status, such as H1B, provided that one meets all of the requirements of the other status and otherwise meets the standard requirements for changing status in the U.S. You should consult with a U.S. immigration attorney to advise you regarding your particular situation.

Processing of H1B1

Hi how long does it take to get USSFTA(H1B1) visa - USA Singapore Free trade visa? Is I-129 petition required for H1B1 application?

Is it possible to avoid the

Is it possible to avoid the random selection process by filing for a change of status from H1B1 to H1B?

Is an H1B1 counted for H1B purposes?

One USCIS official has recently taken the position that someone who has held
H1B1 status is not deemed to have been counted.

However, a reasonable argument can be made that that position is an incorrect interpretation
of the regulations.

H1B1 visa holder employer wants conversion to residence

What are the possible steps a H1B1 visa holder can take whose employer wants to keep the staff working permanently in the US on a residence card?

Green card for H1B1

In general, holding H1B1 status does not give one any special rights to obtain a green card.  In fact, to qualify for an H1B1, one must not have "immigrant intent".  So, basically, one would have to look to the standard avenues for obtaining a green card.

Change status from H1B1 to F1

Is it allowed to change status from H1B1 to F1 (student visa)?

It is possible to change

It is possible to change status from H1B1 status, provided that there are no visa fraud problems.

Extension of H1-B1

Is there a cap on the total number of extensions allowed under the H1-B1 program?

Termination of contract

Hi,

Am I able to change my visa to a tourist one whilst I remain in the States after a H1-B1 contract termination, with the intent to seek a new employer and having them petition for a H1-B1 within the next month or so?

If it is okay to do so, do I travel to Canada ASAP for example so I exit the country, then return under the visa waiver program and seek employment then?

Or will it be advisible to contact the labor department to ask for an extension of my stay on a H1-B1 until I find a new employer?

Thank you in advance for your advice - I truly appreciate it.
:)

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Since 1991, Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law, has served clients located throughout the U.S. and the world in U.S. immigration matters (including H-1B, J waivers, L, E, O, P visa cases, green card cases, and other immigration matters). We represent individuals and companies (from small companies to major multi-national corporations).

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If you retain our firm for your visa case, we will advise you on key legal issues, identify the necessary information for your case, prepare the necessary documents, file the case, enter our representation before the relevant U.S. government agencies or U.S. Consulate/Embassy as your attorneys, and communicate with the U.S. government agencies or U.S. Consulate/Embassy as your attorneys, as necessary. If you retain our firm for a consultation, we can advise you on specific legal issues or provide you with guidance regarding key decisions, as well as a summary of your available options.

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What we do

For an H-1B case, our firm first requests certain relevant information and documents from you (relating to the sponsoring company and beneficiary). We then analyze the case, and address any pertinent legal issues, including issues relating to the beneficiary's degree, the offered salary, etc. If a foreign degree evaluation is required, we advise the client accordingly, and either retain an expert evaluator for that purpose, or accept the client's previously obtained evaluation. We then draft the necessary legal documents for the sponsoring company's hiring official to sign, and deliver a package of all of the legal documents to the company with detailed instructions regarding the required signatures, etc. After we receive the signed legal documents, we then file the documents with the relevant government agencies, and enter our representation on your behalf. If the government requests additional information, they will inform us, and we then report the request to our clients, and prepare a response, pursuant to the terms of our retainer agreement. Upon request, we will email to you a copy of our retainer agreement for your review, with no obligation.

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Upon request, we will email to you a copy of our retainer agreement for your review, with no obligation. Please note our attorney's fees are separate from the fees which the government charges.

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Search for H1B Visa Employers

You can search for "H1B Visa Employers" using this database, which was compiled by Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law from government sources. This database identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas in the past, or who have at least started the process by filing for the LCA. If you find an employer you are interested in, you can then contact them to inquire as to whether they have any current job openings in your field. Please tell your friends about this valuable resource.

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"FMG Friendly" Employers

Foreign Medical Graduates ("FMGs") should be aware that there are "FMG Friendly" employers, and "FMG Unfriendly" employers. This database (compiled by Antao & Chuang, Attorneys at Law from government sources) identifies those U.S. employers who have filed for H-1B visas for foreign medical graduates in the past (or at least started the process by filing for the LCA), and who can therefore be deemed "FMG Friendly". Please tell your colleagues about this valuable resource.

Use this form to search for "FMG Friendly" employers in a given state.

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