Demystifying H-1B Eligibility Criteria and Required Documentation

2 min readApr 1, 2024


Embarking on the journey to obtain an H-1B visa can be daunting, but understanding the eligibility criteria and assembling the required documents is crucial for success. In this comprehensive guide, we break down the essential steps and documentation necessary for a smooth H-1B application process.

H-1B Visa Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for an H-1B visa, the beneficiary (employee) must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in the same field as the “specialty occupation” from an accredited university. A specialty occupation is defined by USCIS as a role requiring expert knowledge that can only be performed by someone with at least a bachelor’s degree directly related to the job.
  • Fields may include, but are not limited to, accountancy, architecture, arts, computer programming, education, engineering, international business management, journalism, law, mathematics, medicine/health, modeling, nursing, research, sciences, social sciences, and theology.
  1. Equivalent Foreign Degree: Possess a foreign degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher in the same field as the specialty occupation.
  2. State License or Certification: Hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification in the specialty occupation field in the intended state of employment.
  3. Verifiable Education, Experience, or Training: Have documented education, experience, or training in the specialty equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Required Documentation for H-1B Visa Application

When filing an H-1B application, both the beneficiary and the employer must submit specific documents to USCIS. These include:

  • Form I-129 Petition: The petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
  • Approved Labor Condition Application (LCA): Certification from the Department of Labor confirming compliance with wage and working conditions.
  • Supporting Evidence: This may include:
  • Copy of the beneficiary’s resume
  • Copy of the job offer, including a detailed job description
  • Proof of the beneficiary’s degree or equivalent education
  • Any additional evidence relevant to the case

Additionally, supplementary documents may be required, such as:

  • Passport copy
  • Proof of prior employment (if applicable)
  • Certifications or accomplishments
  • Letters certifying completion of educational credits
  • Educational or technical degree copies
  • Transcripts
  • Letter from the current employer

Navigating the H-1B visa application process can be complex, but with a thorough understanding of the eligibility criteria and required documentation, applicants can approach it with confidence and increase their chances of success.

📲✨ Embrace the future of immigration with Lawfully! Become a proud subscriber and download the app now from the App Store or Google Play using these links:

— App Store:

— Google Play:

#immigration #h1b #LawfullyTracker #immigrants #immigrationlawyer #USCIS #greencard #USVisa #MarriageGreenCard #visainterview #USImmigration #h1bvisa #USCISTracker #immigrationjourney