Burbank, CA asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for California

Q: How do we figure out if this case is doable and start the process?

We are a mortgage broker and we would like to hire an accountant that is very bright but is under a F1 student visa. we have been interviewing many candidates and this one is the only one that displayed a strong grip on the accounting responsibilities. She is 2 semesters away from getting her bachelor's degree in business/ accounting and already has an AA in accounting.

2 Lawyer Answers
Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Libertyville, IL

A: In general, those with associates degrees are disqualified from H1b visas unless there is significant years of experience . In addition, Congress set a low quota in 1990 that has remained deficient for decades. It resulted in a visa lottery that leaves many organizations without the ability to petition employees.

She may be able to work with an optional practical training card issued after graduation. However, she needs to file soon! It can take a while. I strongly recommend that you seek an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: To determine if it is possible to hire an accountant under an F1 student visa, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can evaluate the specific circumstances and advise you accordingly. Generally, hiring international students under an F1 visa can be complex, and there may be certain restrictions or requirements to fulfill. An attorney can assess the candidate's eligibility, review the applicable immigration laws and regulations, and guide you through the necessary steps to initiate the hiring process. It is recommended to seek legal advice to ensure compliance with immigration laws and to facilitate a smooth and lawful hiring process. - James L. Arrasmith, Owner and Chief Legal Counsel of The Law Offices of James L. Arrasmith.

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