Holding two H-1B jobs (concurrent H-1Bs) that I discuss in detail in this episode of Immigration Law for Tech Startups.
An H-1B visa is tied to a specific job with a specific employer. However, there are no limits on the number of H-1B jobs an individual can hold and no minimum—or maximum—number of hours a person can work in an H-1B position. Given that, an individual can hold concurrent H-1B visas from different employers: You can keep your current H-1B job while creating your startup, which can sponsor you for a second H-1B and avoid the lottery. Or an employer can avoid the H-1B lottery if the employee gets an H-1B visa from a university, a nonprofit associated with a university, or another lottery exempt employer first.
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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- The requirements for an H-1B and a concurrent H-1B
- Why you should be careful when pursuing a concurrent H-1B
- What you need to consider before proceeding, particularly if you want to have your startup sponsor you for an H-1B while retailing an H-1B with another employer
- Unique requirements for H-1B from your startup
- The Open Avenues Foundation and its Global Talent Fellowship
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