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Hi.

I've been having a look at the forum and trying to find some answers to a couple of questions I have about visas, but I'm a bit stumped so I'm hoping someone can help.

My other half has an interview next week in the US. He's highly specialized (has a masters degree and PhD) so we're assuming that if he's offered the job (and accepts!) they would apply for an H1b visa. I know that this ties him to the company and that I can't work on the H4, but are there other restrictions/limitations we should be aware of? Any hassles with movement in/out of the country for example? Also does anyone know anything about timescales for these things to be processed? I keep reading about April deadlines and have got a bit confused - does this mean that H1b visas are awarded in tranches? Would he then have to wait months before he could start work ? (this matters as he is currently doing consultancy work, but not enough to keep us going for a prolonged period)

Are there any other visas he might be eligible for? The company in question is US based but has UK offices - could they employ him here then 'transfer' him on an L1 visa? Or do the authorities take a dim view of that?

Sorry for the wordiness! Thanks in advance for any help

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Hi.

I've been having a look at the forum and trying to find some answers to a couple of questions I have about visas, but I'm a bit stumped so I'm hoping someone can help.

My other half has an interview next week in the US. He's highly specialized (has a masters degree and PhD) so we're assuming that if he's offered the job (and accepts!) they would apply for an H1b visa. I know that this ties him to the company and that I can't work on the H4, but are there other restrictions/limitations we should be aware of? Any hassles with movement in/out of the country for example? Also does anyone know anything about timescales for these things to be processed? I keep reading about April deadlines and have got a bit confused - does this mean that H1b visas are awarded in tranches? Would he then have to wait months before he could start work ? (this matters as he is currently doing consultancy work, but not enough to keep us going for a prolonged period)

Are there any other visas he might be eligible for? The company in question is US based but has UK offices - could they employ him here then 'transfer' him on an L1 visa? Or do the authorities take a dim view of that?

Sorry for the wordiness! Thanks in advance for any help

HB

Highly specialized and with a PhD opens the options up a little: H1b, O1 or even self-sponsor with a national interest waiver for an immigrant visa may be possible.

The number of H1bs issued is limited every year. I have no idea if the quota is full this year. The federal year starts on Oct 1. Applications open in early April for start in the next fiscal year, and they keep on processing them till they run out of numbers. In past years when the economy was booming, the numbers have all be used up in the first week. Last year, they didn't run out until Xmas.

An L1 requires that he has worked for the overseas foreign arm for at least one year. There is no quota

The H1b, L1 and O1 shouldn't take more than a couple of months to process.

Self-sponsor for an immigrant visa is going to take 6 months or so.

The employer will take care of the visa. However, they work in their best interests, not yours. You need to research the path carefully.

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Thanks for the info. It looks like H1b is the most likely option so I'll just have to cope with being a lady of leisure!

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Thanks for the info. It looks like H1b is the most likely option so I'll just have to cope with being a lady of leisure!
Your main paperwork issue on an H4 will be the inability to apply for a social security number.

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