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Old May 4th 2001, 5:03 pm
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Hi it has been a nightmare over the last few weeks

I have just succsessfully closed a deal with an Internet company for a position within the United States.

Now my situation is that I have over 25 years experience in the IT field & no degrees my employer has
asked me to do some research in this area to closed this loop hole to get me over in to USA

1) Where do I go and how do I obtain a visa (does my employer have to this)
2) How long will it take?
3) How much will it cost?
4) Insurance what do I do if I get sick?
5) How long does the visa last if I get sacked (do I have to go back home)
6) Can I file for citizenship after I obtain a visa?
7) what type HB1

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Old May 4th 2001, 6:25 pm
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Hi,

Before I comment on each of your questions, it is very important for your employer
(and you) to understand the process and get a *good* attorney who has experience in
H-1B cases. Your employer will have to do most of the work because you are not living
in the USA.

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Normally, H-1B visa approval requires that you have at least a Bachelor's degree from
a University in the USA or a listed/documented university abroad. For this, an
'educational evaluation' document is submitted to the INS by your employer/attorney.
The purpose of this educational evaluation is to prove that the educational
qualifications that you have are recognised in the USA and they are appropriate for
the job that you will be doing. For people without at least a Bachelor's degree, it
is *extremely* difficult to get an H-1B. You must compensate for the lack of a
Bachelor's degree with *solid* experience. Normally, 7-10 years of experience in the
field of work is required to compensate for the lack of a degree. Sometimes even that
is not enough. You obviously have a lot of experience to make-up for the lack of a
degree. But you/your employer still need a good attorney to make a case and present
it well. Otherwise, the visa might get denied.

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Yes. Your employer will have to hire an attorney to take care of the paperwork. The
paperwork is submitted to the INS. After the visa petition is approved, you get the
paperwork back. You then take the paperwork (including the approval notice) to your
local US consulate and get a visa stamp on your passport.

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The entire process can take anywhere between 3-5 months, depending on how 'clean'
your case is and where your employer is located in the USA.

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The INS forms are not very expensive. The major expense will be the attorney fees.

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You mean 'sick' of the whole process Or do you mean ill-health? Waiting for H-1B
can be very gruelling. Sometimes it takes upto 5 months. Fortunately, this year (and
the next), the H-1B quotas won't be running out.

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Yes. If you get fired, either you must leave soon (10-20 days) or find another job
immediately.

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Not citizenship, but a 'permanent residency', called a Green Card. *You* won't be
able to file. Your employer will petition on your behalf.

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Probably. Depends on what kind of job you will be doing. Not all jobs are classified
under H-1B. You haven't stated the nature of work.

HTH some, Sea J.
 
Old May 6th 2001, 11:32 pm
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<< Now my situation is that I have over 25 years experience in the IT field & no
degrees my employer has asked me to do some research in this area to closed this loop
hole to get me over in to USA
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I had to go through this process - 25 years' experience but no degree. The board of
professors accepted that my extensive & specialised work experience was sufficient to
compensate for the lack of letters after my name. Get as many references as you can,
going back as far as you can - I had to contact former employers going back 20 years.
Send the lot to the attorney your prospective employers hire, and cross your fingers.
Hopefully, won't be all that much of a problem. Oh, and my application has been in
the works since end December, just gort DOL approval, and final decision expected in
4-6 weeks.

Good luck, and be patient.

Pete
 
Old May 14th 2001, 7:41 am
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Thanks for all your postings...

Can anybody recommend a very attorney that could represent me so I can take this big step in to the USA?

Also the question of insurance if I get sick out in the united states ? where should I take out a medical policy to cover me. Should I take out in the United Kingdom or the USA?
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