The H-3 classification applies to a foreign national who is a temporary worker who is sponsored by a U.S. employer for purposes of receiving instruction and training other than graduate medical education or training. The employer must demonstrate the following in a petition submitted to the USCIS:
The sponsoring employer is also required to include with the petition a detailed formal training plan for the entire period in which the H-3 trainee will be in the U.S. An approved petition can be valid for up to two years. If the H-3 trainee does complete the full two years, she or he will be ineligible for H-1B status unless the H-3 trainee departs the U.S. for at least six months.
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