Immigrating to the US is the dream of many. However, getting a visa and status might be a long-time process depending on your preference. This is not the case with H-1B and H-1B1 Visas. These visas are called “Person in Specialty Occupation” visas and are specifically tailored for people with higher education degrees. But there are differences between H-1B and H-1B1 that you should pay attention to.
What is H-1B Visa:
H-1B visa is a specialty occupation nonimmigrant employment visa for professionals who seek specialty jobs in the US. H1-B visa requires visa applicants that they have a higher education degree or its equivalent. This entails bachelor’s or higher degrees such as MA’s or Ph.D.
What is H-1B1:
H-1B1 Visa is also a specialty occupation temporary non-immigrant employment visa. However, per the treaty finalized between U.S.- Chile, and U.S.- Singapore on January 1 - 2004, H-1B1 is available only to the citizens of Chileans and Singaporeans.
H-1B vs. H-1B1: Differences to be Aware of
- As noted above, you may be a citizen of any country to be eligible for an H1-B Visa. However, H-1B1 is only for Chileans and Singaporeans.
- Both visas have caps limiting the number of visas that can be issued for a fiscal year. However, their cap numbers vary greatly:
- The current number per fiscal year for H-1B is 65.000. However, if you are a master’s or higher degree graduate of a U.S. institution, there is an extra 20.000 quota for you.
- The current cap number for H-1B1 is unfortunately much lower than H-1B1. There are one each for Chileans and Singaporeans and they respectively are 1.400 and 5.400.
- H-1B visa’s initial validity duration is three years while H-1B1’s is only a year. You may request a one-time 3-year extension for H-1B. On the other hand, H-1B1 allows only one-year extensions. However, these extension requests for H-1B1 are fortunately limitless!
- H-1BB is not a dual intent visa while H-1B is. This means that you can apply for permanent residency (Green Card) with H-1B but not with H-1B1.
- Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, must be filed by the USCIS for H-1B applications. However, there is no such requirement for H-1B1 applications. For H-1B1 applications, you only need to bring your LCA (Labor Condition Approval) to your consular interview
Both H-1B and H-1B1 are convenient options for educated employees. As this is a specialty occupation visa, you may qualify for and be issued visas comparatively quickly. If you think you meet the requirements for one of the visas or both, you may contact us and schedule an appointment regarding your questions and inquiries. We are looking forward to hearing from you!