How does H1B visa work?

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The goal of most International students after they graduate is to remain in the USA to gain work experience relevant to their degree studies. The H1B visa program provides a platform for F1 students to achieve that goal. The USCIS even introduced a H1B quota (allocation of H1B visas) for International students. This visa requires a job offer with a minimum qualification of at least a bachelor’s degree, and the student must have appropriate evidence of such a degree from an accredited institution.  However, the demand for H-1B visas in recent years went up by a great margin. As there are only limited number of H-1B visas available every year from the state department, it has become very hard for all the eligible applicants to get the visa and is now a chance based lottery process.

Category 1:

No of H1B visas available every year from state department for students with Master degree: 20,000

Category 2:

No of H1B visas available every year from state department for everyone else:  65,000  Students with master degree will be eligible for H1B visa under both categories.

FYI: Visa counts mentioned above are accurate when this document was created. However, those counts tends to change, in accordance with government policies.so please, refer to USCIS website for most recent and accurate information.

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