H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L-1A and L-1B are types of visas that fall under this category. H1B visa category applies to people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability. A minimum of Bachelor’s degree along with fulfillment other requirements are a must to qualify in this category.
H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit "cap" of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap. Additionally, H-1B workers who are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education, its affiliated, related nonprofit entities, a nonprofit research organization, a government research organization are not subject to this numerical cap.
A spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may seek admission in the H-4 nonimmigrant classification. They may not engage in employment in the United States.
The L-1A nonimmigr ant classification enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company which does not currently have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States for the purpose of establishing an office in the United States.
The L-1B nonimmigrant classification enables a U.S. employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization’s interests from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company which does not currently have an affiliated U.S. office to send a specialized knowledge employee to the United States to help establish an office in the United States.
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