H-3 visas are nonimmigrant visas allowing foreign nationals to enter the United States for the purpose of participating in special education visitor training or training of any field other than graduate medical education. The field of endeavor cannot be offered in the applicant’s home country.
Trainees entering the United States through an H-3 visa must be invited by an organization for the purpose of receiving training. Training may be in any of the following fields, but not limited to:
The H-3 trainee classification is not intended for permanent employment, but rather for job-related training to be performed outside of the United States. In order to obtain H-3 classification, employers must also demonstrate specific criteria including the following:
When petitioning for an H-3 visa, certain requirements must be followed. The petition must:
Petitions filed for H-3 visas under “special education exchange visitor” must be filed by facilities who intend to professionally train on a structured program providing education to children with disabilities. Criteria for special education exchange visitors should include a description of the following:
To apply for an H-3 visa, you must complete and submit Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.
For trainees, the period of stay in the United States is 2 years. For special education visitors, the period of stay is up to 18 months.
Spouses and children (under the age of 21) may accompany an H-3 visa holder to the United States under H-4 visa.
If you are a company seeking H-3 Visa certification for trainees or special education exchange visitors, contact the legal team at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. today. With over seven decades of combined experience, we’re here to guide you through the process of obtaining the nonimmigrant visas you need. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.