By Susan Cohen
Company Information & Documentation
- Proof of funding: signed term sheet, bank statement, press releases or articles about recent rounds of financing.
- Where the beneficiary is an owner of the company, proof of company's "control" over the beneficiary of the visa petition: agreement documenting terms for review of the beneficiary's job performance and provisions regarding termination and/or independent board of directors.
- Payroll records showing the company already has employees.
- Proof that the company is actively hiring: engagement of headhunters or recruiters, ads, etc.
- Proof of engagement of public relations, advertising, accounting, web development, consulting, and/or law firms.
- Contracts or agreements with customers or clients showing future revenue stream into the company. If none, include letters of intent or draft agreements.
- Signed office lease and, where possible, a brochure or photos of the office space.
- Newspaper articles or other press about the company.
- Business plan that explains the mission of the company, staffing targets, expenses, and cash flow and revenue goals for the next three years.
- Patents related to the Company's product, if applicable.
If there is a parent company overseas, then please provide the following:
- Annual report of the parent company.
- Parent company's financials: audited financials and/or tax returns, if an annual report is not available.
- Recent bank statement of the parent company.
- Statement of financial support by the parent company for a US subsidiary.
- Wire transfers to U.S. subsidiary to show funding.
- Newspaper articles or other press about the parent company.
Petitioning Employer Must Pay Required Wage
- Must pay at least the prevailing wage for the offered position.
- Compensation can be an hourly wage if part-time employment.
- Wages must be paid in regular payroll increments.
Beneficiary Information & Documentation
- Foreign national's e-mail address: we will use this e-mail address to supply the prospective employee/H-1B candidate with a User Name and Password for our Immigration Questionnaire.
- Copy of the prospective employee's valid passport and any expired passports with US visas.
- Copy of each dependent's valid passport and any expired passports with US visas.
- Copy of the prospective employee's marriage certificate (if applicable) and a copy of each dependent child's birth certificate (if applicable).
- Copies of the prospective employee's diplomas, transcripts and translations, including any previously issued credentials or degree evaluations, and letters verifying his or her experience.
- Resume with a complete employment history.
- Full copy of any petitions previously filed with US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Copies of previously issued US visas and other related immigration documentation (e.g., Forms I-797 Approval Notices, Forms I-20 or DS-2019, Employment Authorization Documents, and Forms I-94).
- If in the US: Copies of the prospective employee's and dependent family members' paper Forms I-94 or automated Forms I-94 obtained online here.
The job must meet one of the following criteria to qualify as a specialty occupation:
- Bachelor's or higher degree or its equivalent in a particular field of study is normally the minimum entry requirement for the position;
- The degree requirement for the job is common to the industry or the job is so complex or unique that it can be performed only by an individual with a degree;
- The employer normally requires a degree or its equivalent for the position; or
- The nature of the specific duties is so specialized and complex that the knowledge required to perform the duties is usually associated with the attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree.
The proposed H-1B employee must meet one of the following criteria:
- Have completed a US bachelor's or higher degree required by the specific specialty occupation from an accredited college or university;
- Hold a foreign degree that is the equivalent to a US bachelor's or higher degree in the specialty occupation;
- Hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification that authorizes the proposed H-1B employee to fully practice the specialty occupation and be engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment; or
- Have education, training, or progressively responsible experience in the specialty that is equivalent to the completion of such a degree and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.