USCIS Approves H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa for Employee of Optometry Practice

Getson & Schatz, P.C. received approval for an H-1B Petition filed by a Philadelphia Optometry Practice. The Practice contacted us for legal assistance in hiring a new employee for a change of status from F-1 to H-1B for the position of Pediatric Optometrist to provide eye care services to children in the community.  Our firm assisted the Practice to clearly explain the nature of their business as well as the nature of the Pediatric Optometrist position to USCIS in a supporting letter and to prepare and file an I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker with H supplement.  The first step in preparing the H-1B petition was to file a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the Department of Labor (DOL).  The LCA lists the prevailing wage for the proffered position and the wages to be paid to the employee. Once the LCA was certified by DOL, we filed Form I-129 along with the H Supplement and Form I-129 H-1B Data Collection Supplement. Our firm organized a detailed packet with the aforementioned forms, along with a letter from our client discussing the duties of requirements of the position, information about the business of the Practice, and the qualifications of the foreign national.  USCIS approved the H-1B nonimmigrant change of status petition and the H-1B status will take effect on October 1st.

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