Raleigh Lawyers for F1 and H-1B Visas
F1 Student Visas
Students who wish to study in the U.S. must first apply for a an F1 visa. Each school or institution will have a Designated School Officer who can assist you with this process. Recent changes in the law have made receiving an F1 visa a more lengthy and complicated process, especially for people who are already in the U.S. and now want to attend school.
The Optional Practical Training program that allows eligible F1 student to work can also be difficult to navigate and many face unexpected difficulties when pursuing this program. While your U.S. college or university is a great first stop, we at Gardner Law, PLLC recommend that you schedule a consultation if you have questions about how to change your status, your current work eligibility, OPT extensions, or any other issues that could affect your immigration status in the future.
H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas
H-1B visas are one of the best-known and most sought-after nonimmigrant visas. These “work visas” require an offer of employment from a U.S. company for a job in a specialty occupation that requires a bachelor’s degree or higher. H-1B specialty occupations include numerous fields, such as:
- computer science
- engineering and information technology
Only a limited number of new H-1B visas are authorized each year – this number is “capped” at 65,000 visas each fiscal year. There are an additional 20,000 visas available for people with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. As a result of the high demand for this limited number of visas, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) holds a lottery to select eligible applicants for consideration.
H-1B visa holders may bring their spouses and children with them to the U.S. The status is valid for up to 6 years and holders may change jobs while in the U.S., as long as their new employer is willing to sponsor the employment.
The requirements for the H-1B visa are complex and the regulations difficult for employers and employees to navigate.
High Quality Legal Representation
As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the North Carolina State Bar, Attorney Gardner has a reputation for professionalism and elite representation.
Your Success Is Our Priority
Hiring a knowledgeable and passionate immigration attorney to represent your interests is one of the most important steps you can take. When you come to us, we will take a personal interest in your case because we genuinely care about your success.
Lead Attorney Gardner is a world traveler who speaks fluent Spanish; the entire Gardner Law support team is fluent in Spanish as well. Our attorney will personally handle each legal aspect of your case. We will help you obtain the sense of ease and peace of mind you deserve during this trying and difficult time.
We Educate Clients
We will review your case, inform you of your rights, and guide you in the path that best suits your needs. We will fully equip you to make informed decisions every step of the way. We will offer you the zealous advocacy and compassionate support you deserve.