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#8: You are a Citizen of Singapore

If you are a Citizen of Singapore, you may be able to qualify for the H-1B1 visa which is a kind of special "Singaporean H-1B". Under current law, 5,400 H-1B1s are set aside each year for nationals of Singapore, under the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. INA 214(g)(8)(A)(i).

The H-1B1's key advantage is that it allows Singaporean citizens to avoid the H-1B quota which often runs out quickly. See our websites section on H-1B1s for Singaporeans: H-1B1 Special "Singaporean H-1B".

Reader Comments

Hi, I am on H1B, EAD, AP

Hi,

I am on H1B, EAD, AP now. In case 485 is denied, can I apply for H1B1 immediately ?

regards,

Applying for H1B1

In general, to apply for an H1B1 in the U.S., one must be in status, and must qualify for an H1B1.  In addition, it would be necessary to maintain status while waiting for the decision.

H1B1 visa application

Hi!

I am a Singaporean currently residing in the US on an F2 visa. I will like to get a job in the US. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree. My questions are:

1. Can I apply for a H1B1 visa without going back to Singapore?

2. Do I have to look for an employer before applying for the H1B1 visa?

Thanks!

H1B1

>1. Can I apply for a H1B1 visa without going back to Singapore?

 

It is possible to apply for an H1B1 (Singapore) in the U.S., provided that one is in a status that permits changing status to another status.

 

>2. Do I have to look for an employer before applying for the H1B1 visa?

 

It is necessary to have a U.S. employer sponsoring one for the H1B1, in order to apply for an H1B1

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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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