Entering the U.S. on a H-1B Work Visa

Inbound H-1B Visa and H-4 holders must have qualified health insurance while in the U.S.

san jose medicare supplementBefore traveling to the U.S. a citizen of a foreign country must generally obtain a non immigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.

In Silicon Valley for example the H-1B Visa is by far the most requested employment Visa.  The US government reserves H-1B visas for well educated, highly skilled and specialized foreign workers and requires the visa holder to have at least a Bachelors degree or its equivalent.

H-1B Visa Insurance .. (& family members H-4 Visa) This is a true International Travel Medical policy, which protects you wherever you work, live or study worldwide.

Once obtained, an H-1B visa allows it’s bearer to stay and work in the U.S. legally for up to three years.  After those three years, the visa can be renewed for up to six total year.

The H-1B visa is often utilized by engineers, teachers, professors, designers, researchers, computer scientists and other professionals as a means to gain valuable work experience in the United States.

The employer must file the petition for the visa on behalf of the employee, who is not allowed to self-petition.

Current law limits to 65,000 the number of foreign nationals who may be issued a H-1B visa status each year.  Laws exempt up to 20,000 foreign nationals holding a master’s or higher degree from U.S. universities from the H-1B visa cap.  Also excluded from the cap are H-1B non-immigrants who work at universities, non-profit research facilities associated with universities or government research facilities.

This means contractors employed by the institutions may be exempt from the cap.  Also, Free Trade Agreements carve out 1,400 H-1B1 visas for Chilean nationals and 5,400 H-1B1 visas for Singapore nationals.  Due to these exemptions and roll-overs, the number of H-1B visas issued each year is significantly more than the 65,000 cap, with 117,828 issued in 2010, 129,552 in 2011 and 135,991 in 2012.

Family Members … What about H-1B visa family members?  The family members if living outside the U.S. may apply for their H-4 visas at the U.S. consulate in their home country.  They apply during or after the employee has been issued their H-1B visa.

Travel Medical coverage for U.S. inbound along with outbound employees, students, contractors and their family members.

Free Service … Our advice and services are free of charge, and the premium you pay should you buy a policy through us will never be higher than going direct to the insurer.

Need help or have questions?  Feel free to contact me anytime.  I’m happy to help.

John Conner

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