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The software industry frequently hires temporary foreign employees as it develops, tests and launches new software.   Software companies frequently hire temporary workers from other countries to develop and execute testing and diagnostic tasks as it prepares to roll out new or updated software.

The H-1B visa is one of most popular visas for these kinds of temporary workers.  The H-1B visa is available for those foreign employees hired by a U.S. company with “specialty occupations,” such as those in the software and IT industries.  For instance, software engineers, systems analysts and computer consultations are generally considered to be “specialty occupations.”

The H-1B visa is not without limitations, however.  The H-1B visa is subject to a quota imposed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) each year and once the quota is filled, foreign employees cannot receive a visa unless they qualify for another visa classification.

Because of the limited number of H-1B visas that are available each year, the assistance of a knowledgeable employment immigration attorney like the lawyers at The Shapiro Law Group is essential.  Our Illinois software industry immigration attorneys have considerable experience assisting U.S. employers with the H-1B visa process for positions that will be filled by foreign employees.

Types of Software Industry Jobs Eligible for H-1B Visa

The software industry employs a number of foreign employees to perform various functions, but some of the more common software industry positions that seek H-1B visas include:

  • Software Developers
  • Web Developers
  • Application Developers, including Oracle and SAP
  • Software Programmers
  • System Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • Network Engineers
  • System Engineers
  • Testing Engineers
  • Designers

H-1B Visas Requirements for Software Industry Professionals

The H-1B non-immigrant visa allows foreign temporary employees to work in the United States provided the following eligibility requirements are met.

  • The applicant’s job position requires a bachelor’s or higher degree;
  • The applicant possesses a bachelor’s or higher degree or its U.S. equivalent, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree that enables the applicant-employee to perform the position’s duties; and
  • The wage offered to the applicant is at least the prevailing wage, or the actual wage paid to other workers similarly employed, whichever is higher.
H-1B Visas for Software Industry Jobs
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Contact an Experienced Software Industry Immigration Attorney

The knowledgeable Chicago employment immigration attorneys at The Shapiro Law Group have more than 30 years of experience helping clients with their visa and immigration needs, including helping software companies and their employees obtain H-1B visas.  We are familiar with the various job functions within the software industry and understand the need for foreign temporary employees.  We will work with you to swiftly file the necessary applications with quota requirements in mind.  Contact us at (847) 564-0712 to discuss your employee transfer needs with one of our knowledgeable employment immigration attorneys.