Many Chinese students want to study in the United States. But many students don’t know the difference between F-1 and H-1B visas (also known as h1b签证). Today we are going to talk about these two important visas for Chinese students. You can also consult with a professional agency in the US to get advice because they can better understand the local situation. There are many such agencies in the big city like New York (also known as 纽约留学中介). They can give you guidance on anything you need, including study abroad fees (also known as 美国留学中介费用).
What is the F-1 visa:
An F-1 visa is issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program at a US school. If you accept an offer of a school, the school would send you the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status). Then you can apply for an F-1 visa. Generally, F-1 visa applicants should apply at the US Embassy in their home countries. Many schools require F-1 students to buy health insurance (also known as 留学生 保险).
It is important for F-1 visa holder to remain their status in the US. If a student has bad behavior, such as low GPA, low attendance or cheating on exams, he/she would be dismissed by the school, the F-1 visa would be terminated.
What is the H-1B visa:
The H1B visa is an employment-based, non-immigrant visa for temporary workers. You can apply for an H-1B visa if you have a bachelor’s degree and a job offer from a U.S. company for a specialty position that requires your degree. In addition, the employer must demonstrate that you are to be paid at least the prevailing wage for the position.
Since the H-1B application process and the H-1B reform (also known as h1b改革) is very complicated, you should always consider hiring a lawyer when you apply for an H-1B visa. Remember to check your attorney fees (also known as h1b律师费) before consulting.
Under normal circumstances, an H-1B visa is valid for 3 years and can be extended to up to 6 years. There is an annual limit on how many H-1B visa petitions are approved each year. The H-1B visa can be transferred to a new employer as long as the new company can file an H-1B transfer visa application on your behalf.