Attorney Sandra Valenzuela Educates Foreign Professionals on Applying for H-1B Visas

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This is great news for foreign professionals thinking of changing their immigration status in 2018.

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According to a January 9, 2018 Business Today article, the Trump administration claimed it is not considering any proposal that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the country.

“This is great news for foreign professionals thinking of changing their immigration status in 2018,” said attorney Sandra Valenzuela, founder of the Law Office of Sandra Valenzuela, which focuses on business immigration, family immigration and citizenship and naturalization.

The H-1B lottery is granted to skilled workers in professional positions with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. There is a cap of 65,000 visas granted to those with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and an additional 20,000 visas are reserved exclusively for professionals with a U.S. Master's Degree. For workers wanting to obtain an H-1B visa, Valenzuela lists the following three tips:

No. 1: Get started now. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services begins accepting H-1B applications on April 1. “It is imperative that you get your employer on board, as they are the one that will sponsor you for the H-1B visa,” stressed Valenzuela.

No. 2: Ensure all documentation is up-to-date. Once the H-1B quota is reached, the window closes. “If you are delayed in submission you will lose your opportunity, and mistakes in documentation can cause a delay in your application,” noted Valenzuela.

No. 3: Retain a reputable immigration attorney. The H-1B process can be quite complex, especially if one chooses to go it alone. “Furthermore, this visa is very competitive, and without the services of an experienced attorney you will be at a distinct disadvantage,” concluded Valenzuela. “Together, you can develop a solid filing strategy.”

About Sandra Valenzuela, Law Office of Sandra Valenzuela
Sandra Valenzuela practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and speaks fluent Spanish. For more information, please call (312) 629-3533, or visit The law office is located at 111 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60604.

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