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H-1B Visa Temporary Professionals

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The H-1B visa is one of the most popular temporary work visas.

H-1B visas are temporary work visas which are available for "specialty occupations", i.e., either professionals or fashion models of "distinguished merit and ability." H-1B visas are most commonly used for professionals; namely, occupations which require at least a college degree in a specialized field. Examples of occupations which often use H-1B workers are as follows: teachers, computer programmers, physicians, architects, marketing analysts, lawyers, engineers, etc.

H-1B visas are usually issued for upto three year periods, and can be extended for up to six years. After six years, the H-1B visa holder can no longer extend the H-1B visa, unless he or she meet a special exception.

Another key aspect of H-1B visas is that they are subject to a QUOTA, i.e., only a limited number are issued each year. When the QUOTA is reached, it is not possible to obtain an H-1B visa for that fiscal year unless one falls within one of the exemptions to the quota.

Note that Australians have a special visa, the E-3, and Singaporeans have a special type of "H-1B", the H1B1, which are similar to H-1Bs but which have certain advantages over H-1Bs.

Reader Comments

Ex H1B visa holder


I am an ex H1B visa holder. My previous company (Company A) had applied for my H1B visa and was valid from Jan, 2004 - Dec, 2006 on passport. I was in USA from June, 2004 - Dec, 2004 (6 months) on that H1B visa. After coming back from USA (Dec, 2004), I moved to Company B.

Now I want to go to USA again on H1B visa.

Can I transfer the expired H1B visa or do I need to apply for a fresh H1b visa? If I need to apply for a new H1B, will I be subject to cap or cap-exempt? If cap-exempt, then when can I apply for the same?

I heard that a person will not be subject to cap if she is already been counted and not completed 6 years of H1B stay.

Kindly advise me on the same.

Thanks and Regards,

H1B Extension & H1B Cap

In general, if one will be employed by a company under H1B status (Company B) which is a different company from the original H1B petitioner (Company A), then one must apply for a new H1B visa (barring a merger, acquisition, etc., type of situation).

Regarding whether "a person will not be subject to cap if she is already been counted and not completed 6 years of H1B stay", please see our page:  "H-1B holders, outside of U.S. for one year, who did not exhaust 6 year term, can opt to use remainder of 6 years to avoid cap"

H1B throughout the year

Thank you for your answer in advance.

i am slovak, management position. master degree from Slovak University.
I just found a great job in Colorado which i would love to apply for.
the official H1B deadline was met so my question is - if i still apply for the job and company likes me, is there a chance to get H1B still in let's say June/July?

thanks a lot, you definitely make it clear for me. i did have no idea it's under a deadline

I appreciate your help



As of today, April 17, 2009, the USCIS is still accepting H-1B petitions, which are not exempt from the quota, for employment which starts on October 1, 2009, i.e., the beginning of the next federal fiscal year.

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