I am currently on H1 visa with a South Asian publication. I am looking for a change in the profession. Law has always interest me. I needed your guidance on that, firstly I want to know if paralegal can in any way be qualified for the H1 category. If not, then what do I need to do minimum to be able to take up law as a profession. Incase I do pursue the stream which type of study can also be benefical for me incase I mone back to India. Also, which institute would you recommend for a part time or online study.
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Answer Hi Shilpa:
You can be sponsored by a law firm or other employer for Paralegal or other suitable title such as Legal Assistant. I recommend that you have completed at least a 2 year paralegal course in order to ensure that you will be considered to be qualified for the position. Care will also have to be taken in preparing the H-1B petition to meet the standards of a specialty occupation, i.e., the position normally requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to properly perform the job.
A few years of employment experience as a Paralegal would also qualify you in lieu of formal coursework in paralegal studies. I do not know which institutes would best serve your needs.
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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Education/Credentials Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.