Is an H-1B Visa the Ticket to a High-Paying U.S. Job?

As the hub of all things tech, the Silicon Valley is home to numerous international corporations, including Apple, Facebook, and Google. More than just the similarities in their success rates over the years, these companies share something else in common – the way they pay their H-1B employees.

A recent article on TechCrunch compared salaries for foreign workers holding H-1B visas at these three companies, as well as Amazon and Microsoft. The average employee makes more than $100K annually and this number shows no signs of decreasing any time soon.

It is no wonder, then, that H-1B visas are in such high demand. These visas allow workers in a specialty occupation to be petitioned by their prospective employers for temporary employment in the United States. The only problem? It is difficult to actually obtain an H-1B visa, considering the congressionally mandated annual H-1B cap, which currently provides a limit of 85,000 visas -- 65,000 for the general limit and 20,000 for those with advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Calls for increasing the cap to satisfy demand have largely fallen on deaf ears in Congress.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Common professions for H-1B employees include those in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. According to the various data that was pulled from the five companies mentioned above, Facebook currently pays the highest median salary and Amazon leads the back of the pack. Even still, a software engineer at Amazon can expect to make at least $108K each year.

An H-1B visa can be the ticket to a well-paying job with lasting benefits. Getting that visa, however, can be a difficult bridge to cross, as every year the demand for the H-1B visa category outstrips the supply of visas available. Timothy D. Widman has the expertise needed to improve the chances of success the first time applying.

You can trust the Law Office of Timothy D. Widman to help you navigate the immigration system and achieve a successful outcome. With the respected San Jose immigration attorney from the Law Office of Timothy D. Widan on your side, a well-paying job could be right around the corner. Schedule your consultation today to make your American dream a reality!

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