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Hi Ajay

I would like to come to the US on F1 student visa to study for a Paralegal Associates Degree approved by the ABA.  I subsequently would like to gain employment as a paralegal on a H-1B visa.  I currently hold a LLB British Law degree which I understand is the equivalent to your Bachelor's degree.  I have been told by colleges that my British qualification means that I may be able to drop a couple of semesters and therefore will be able to complete the course in less than two years.

I note to obtain H-1B status it must be a "specialty occupation" which basically means an occupation that requires a Bachelors degree.

Would this cause a problem for me; i.e. the fact that I am only studying for an associates degree bearing in mind I do already hold a Britsh LLB?

Kind regards  

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Hi,

You are qualified for H-1B since you have a LLB, which is equivalent of a four-year U.S. degree. Indeed, if there is a law firm ready to file an H-1B petition for you right now, the H-1B petition will be approved. The addition of an associate's (or a U.S. bachelor's degree) is not required.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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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.

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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.

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