Attracting and Retaining Top Agribusiness Talent: Current U.S. Immigration Options - H-1B
Ice Miller can help innovators overcome critical challenges to grow successful agribusinesses. Learn more about the unique business and legal challenges facing food and agricultural innovators and how to protect and grow that innovation in our 2015 Agribusiness Guide
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H-1B (Professional Employees working in a “Specialty Occupation”): A foreign national who is seeking admission to be employed in an occupation which requires highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree in a particular discipline or its equivalent may be eligible for the H-1B visa. It is used extensively by U.S. employers to employ foreign nationals who have attended a U.S. (or foreign) university and who seek professional employment in the U.S. following graduation. A foreign national may be present in the United States in H-1B visa status for up to six (6) years. The H-1B visa category is the most common, employment-sponsored visa category and, as such, is highly regulated and subject to an annual limit which is currently exhausted approximately six (6) months prior to the start of the fiscal year. As such, advanced planning is imperative.