USA H1C Visa Supporting Documents
The Form I-129 must include the following documents:
- Current copy of the Department of Labor’s acceptance of the filing of an attestation on Form ETA-9081, Attestation for H-1C Nonimmigrant Nurses
- Statement from the facility describing any limitation which the laws of the state or jurisdiction of intended employment place on your services
- Evidence that you are or will be authorized by a State Board of Nursing to engage in registered nurse practice in a state or U.S. territory or possession, and you are or will be practicing at a facility which provides health care services
- Evidence that you have passed the examination given by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), or have obtained a full and unrestricted (permanent) license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of intended employment or have obtained a full and unrestricted (permanent) license in any state or territory of the U.S. and received temporary authorization to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state of intended employment
- Evidence that you have obtained a full and unrestricted license to practice professional nursing in the country where you obtained nursing education or have received nursing education in the U.S.
- Evidence that you are fully qualified and eligible under the laws (including such temporary or interim licensing requirements which authorize you to be employed) governing the place of intended employment to practice as a Registered Nurse immediately upon admission to the U.S.
Applying for a Visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate
If your Form I-129 is approved, we will send an approval notice on a Form I-797, Notice of Action, to your employer, who in turn will forward it to you. A Form I-797 approval notice may be used to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Before applying for your visa, please check with the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will apply for their specific application requirements.
The following is required on the appointment date:
- Valid passport and evidence of all previously issued visas
- Original of Form I-797
- Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application, completed and signed (see the “Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application” link to the right)
- Passport valid for travel to the U.S. and with a validity date at least 6 months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S
- Form DS-157, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application, which is required for all male nonimmigrant visa applicants between the ages of 16 and 45, regardless of nationality and regardless of where they apply (see the “Form DS-157, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application” link to the right)
- One 2”x2” photograph
Period of Stay/Extension of Stay
Initial Period of Stay - Up to 3 years
Extension of Stay - Total stay is limited to 3 years. An extension of stay to complete the 3 year period of admission may be granted. However, an extension of stay may not be granted to extend the period of admission beyond the initial 3 year period of time.
Change of Employer
H-1C nonimmigrant classification is limited to employment with the specific hospital that filed the petition. A change of employer requires your new employer to file a new Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker. You cannot begin working for new employer until your Form I-129 is approved.
Family of H-1C Visa Holders
Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age are entitled to H-4 classification. H-4 is the nonimmigrant classification for dependents of H principal aliens. Your dependents may not work in the United States under the H-4 classification.
H-1C Visa Cap
Only 500 H-1C visas will be issued each fiscal year. Also, there are numerical limitations for each state based on the state’s population. The cap for states with populations in excess of 9 million is 50 per fiscal year. The cap for states with populations of 9 million or less is 25 per fiscal year.
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