Among professionals outside the United States, the H-1B visa is one of the more favored immigration options. Often, however, applicants make avoidable errors, which end up costly them dearly. Immigration into the United States, which despite a fabled openness to immigrants has a good deal of xenophobic immigration laws, will require almost super-human attention to detail. This article will discuss some well-known mistakes in the H-1B visa application process. Be sure to read this carefully and, if you are thinking of applying for an H-1B visa yourself, contact a New York City employment visa attorney as soon as possible.
What Are Common H-1B Application Mistakes?
One of the most important parts of the application process is the documentation stage. Here are some mistakes that occur during that stage:
Incomplete or Incorrect Forms, Outdated Forms
Be sure to carefully review every form and every field in each form. Submitting application forms with errors is perhaps one of the most frustrating reasons to be denied, so make sure to check your forms meticulously.
Similarly, you’ll want to avoid taking the time to check and recheck the answers on your form, but being rejected because you submitted an outdated form. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regularly updates the necessary forms. You should take care that whatever form you fill out is the most recent applicable one.
Insufficient Supporting Documentation
Given the strict approach to immigration law in the United States, you will need to make every effort to ensure you have all the documentation you will need. In many cases, applicants are refused an H-1B visa for not providing at all or providing insufficient documentation. Be sure to gather all your documents, like proof of qualifications or work experience in preparation for your application, and of course, avoid sending irrelevant documents.
Possible Employer-Employee Problems to Avoid
Beyond the application itself, sometimes applicants are denied an H-1B visa because the USCIS believes there was a problem worse than typos. You must make sure the job through which you want to get an H-1B visa is categorized as a specialty occupation that requires a level of theoretical or technical expertise. You are also obligated to have a clearly delineated employer-employee relationship. Your employer must have control over your work, which includes the ability to do things like hiring you, paying you, supervising you, and firing you. Simple mistakes, or worse planned misrepresentation, can cause you a lot of problems down the road.
If you have further questions about the mistakes you should avoid when applying for an H-1B visa or need an attorney to guide you through the process, please don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Cheryl R. David today.