- International students and foreign workers are eligible to apply for a Part-Time H1B Visa
- The employer sponsoring the Part-Time H1B Visa must provide a valid job offer
- Part-Time H1B Visa holders have the opportunity to transition to a full-time status
- The Part-Time H1B Visa is no different from a full-time H1B Visa when it comes to the application process and requirements
Are you an international student or foreign worker looking to work part-time in the U.S.? A Part-Time H1B Visa might be your solution. While the traditional H1B Visa requires full-time employment, a Part-Time H1B Visa allows you to work part-time for a U.S. employer.
How to Obtain a Part-Time H1B Visa
1. Find a Part-Time Job Offer
The first step in obtaining a Part-Time H1B Visa is to find a job with a U.S. employer that is willing to sponsor you. The employer must provide a valid job offer, indicating the position’s number of hours per week and salary. It’s important to note that the Part-Time H1B Visa holder can’t work for another employer on the side.
2. File the H1B Petition
Once you have accepted the job offer, your U.S. employer must file a petition for a Part-Time H1B Visa on your behalf. The application process and requirements are the same compared to a full-time H1B Visa, and obtaining a Part-Time H1B Visa is just as competitive.
3. Wait for Approval
After submitting the petition, the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) will take a few months to review the application. If approved, you will receive an H1B Visa stamp in your passport, and you can start working for the U.S. employer under the approved terms.
4. Transition to Full-Time Employment
One of the advantages of the Part-Time H1B Visa is that, if the employer has a full-time position available, the holder can transition from a part-time to a full-time H1B status without having to leave the country or re-apply for a new visa. The employer must file a new petition with the USCIS, and if approved, the Part-Time H1B Visa holder can stay and work for the employer full-time.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. Can I work for multiple employers on a Part-Time H1B Visa?
No, a Part-Time H1B Visa holder can only work for the employer who sponsored their visa.
2. Can I apply for a Part-Time H1B Visa while still in school?
Yes, international students who have completed at least one full academic year in a U.S. university or college are eligible to apply for a Part-Time H1B Visa.
3. Can I transition from a Part-Time H1B Visa to a full-time H1B Visa?
Yes, if the employer has a full-time position available, the Part-Time H1B Visa holder can transition to a full-time status. The employer must file a new petition with the USCIS, and if approved, the Part-Time H1B Visa holder can stay and work for the employer full-time.
4. What’s the difference between a Part-Time H1B Visa and Full-Time H1B Visa?
The only difference between a Part-Time and Full-Time H1B visa is the number of hours worked per week. A Part-Time H1B Visa holder is limited to working part-time for a single employer, while a Full-Time H1B Visa allows full-time employment with one or more U.S. employers.