The H-1B visa regulations are very clear. The qualifications for a beneficiary are covered by the regulations at 8 C.F.R. 214.2 (h)(4)(iii)(3): To qualify to perform services in a specialty occupation, the alien must meet one of the following criteria:
- Hold a United States baccalaureate or higher degree required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university;
- Hold a foreign degree determined to be equivalent to a United States baccalaureate or higher degree required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university;
- Hold an unrestricted State license, registration or certification which authorizes him or her to fully practice the specialty occupation and be immediately engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment; or
- Have education, specialized training, and/or progressively responsible experience that is equivalent to completion of a United States baccalaureate or higher degree in the specialty occupation, and have recognition of expertise in the specialty through progressively responsible positions directly related to the specialty.”
Clause (4) entitles someone like you to qualify for the H-1B visa. The equivalency ratio is three years of experience is equal to 1 year of education as per USCIS guidelines. However, USCIS always requires documentary proof of such experience and will require concrete proof that you gained the experience through progressively responsible experience. I recommend that you seek the assistance of a good attorney to assist you with the process of obtaining your H-1B visa.