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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


JPMorgan Chase

Number of H1B employees: 1,159

Type of company: Financial service holdings


Yash Technologies

Number of H1B employees: 143

Type of company: Corporate IT solutions


MU Sigma

Number of H1B employees: 96

Type of company: Big data analytics


ZS Associates

Number of H1B employees: 90

Type of company: Sales and marketing consultant firm



Number of H1B employees: 89

Type of company: Pharmaceutical


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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.

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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.

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