USCIS Approves Extension of H-1B Specialty Occupation Status and Extension of H-4 Status for Derivative Spouse
Getson and Schatz, P.C. has been continuously providing immigration representation for a company employing a Spa Manager in H-1B Specialty Occupation status. There are two primary requirements for an H-1B visa: (1) the position must be a specialty occupation, meaning it involves theoretical and practical application of a highly specialized body of knowledge typically obtained by a bachelor’s degree and (2) the beneficiary most hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific field. We filed an H-1B extension petition for the Spa Manager position. We initially obtained information about the prevailing wage for the position for the work location. We then filed Form ETA 9035 Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the US Department of Labor. This form contains information about the wage to be paid to the H-1B employee. We also prepared and filed Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, H Classification Supplement to Form I-129, and H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement. In addition, we prepared an employer letter detailing the specialized knowledge requirements for the position of a Spa Manager. Lastly, we prepared and filed Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status to extend the H-4 derivative status of the Spouse. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved the H-1B and H-4 extensions.