H-1B allows U.S. companies to hire temporary, non-immigrant workers for positions that require specialized knowledge or training. You will be permitted to work in America for three years so long as you maintain H1B visa sponsorship. Once you’re within six months of your visa’s expiration date, you can apply for H1B visa extension of three more years. H1B visa sponsorship can be a great option for those who wish to gain field experience abroad, however, it can be difficult to find a sponsoring employer. In this post, we’ll discuss the H1B visa requirements as well as some of Chicago’s top H1B employers.
H1B Visa Requirements
The H-1B visa provides many advantages, including the ability to change employers—though it is important to note that you will have to notify USCIS before your last day with the original employer. You may be eligible to obtain an H1B visa if:
- Your employer pays you the same wage as a U.S. employee in your position
- Your working conditions are at the same level of similar U.S. employees
- You are not replacing a worker who is on strike
- Your employer has informed any unions or other representative body of their intent to hire you
Once your H1B application is approved, you will be able to work in the U.S. for up to six years. During that time, you will be able to travel freely to and from the United States without jeopardizing your H-1B status. Additionally, you may be allowed to bring your spouse or any unmarried children under the age of 21.
Top 7 Chicago H1B Companies
In order to apply for H1B visa status, you’ll need a qualified employer to file the petition on your behalf. Finding a qualified employer can be a difficult process, so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 H1B employers in Chicago:
Number of H1B employees: 4,279
Company Type: Global professional services specializing in digital consulting
Number of H1B employees: 1,439
Company Type: Business management consulting firm
Number of H1B employees: 1,159
Type of company: Financial service holdings
Number of H1B employees: 143
Type of company: Corporate IT solutions
Number of H1B employees: 96
Type of company: Big data analytics
Number of H1B employees: 90
Type of company: Sales and marketing consultant firm
Number of H1B employees: 89
Type of company: Pharmaceutical
For more information about how you can obtain an H1B visa, contact the experts at Katz Law Office, Ltd. today for a free consultation. Our experienced business and immigration attorneys know their way around some of the common hiccups you may encounter, and they will be able to help you navigate the process of securing a position in the United States.
None of the advice contained in these materials serves as a substitute for individualized legal representation by a licensed attorney with experience in the practice area.