How do I file an H-1B petition?

The foreign national does not file the H-1B petition at all, even if he or she is the beneficiary of the filing. Rather, the U.S. employer files an H-1B petition. First, the H-1B employer determines and documents the prevailing wage for the area of intended employment because a foreign national must be paid at least the prevailing wage. Then the employer submits a Labor Condition Application (LCA) to the Department of Labor (DOL), and last, once certified, the employer files an H-1B petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with the LCA and proof that the foreign national qualifies. Other requirements must also be met.

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