Personalized Legal Solutions For Work Visas
At ImmigrationLegal.org, our immigration attorneys can assist you in obtaining a work visa. Foreign workers may benefit from the multiple types of work visas available, and our lawyers are ready to walk you through the eligibility criteria and the necessary process to make your goals a reality.
Throughout 30 combined years of legal experience, we have provided professional legal assistance in all aspects related to immigration. As we discuss your situation and expectations, we will assist you in your decision-making and application. We believe that upfront communication with our clients can make a difference in helping them pursue their goals.
Applying For A Temporary Nonimmigrant Visa
If you wish to come to the U.S. to work for a specific period, you may apply for this visa. A potential candidate should have a profession or occupation compatible with the categories defined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Both employee and employer should start the petition and visa application prior to the individual’s arrival to the U.S. Please note that this visa does not include family members.
The types of visas available are also subject to specific eligibility criteria, as indicated below:
- H visas: Specifically, this type of visa is for individuals who want to work temporarily in the U.S. H visas include various programs for different types of workers, such as:
- H-2A and H-2B visas are for agricultural and non-agricultural workers, respectively. Employers may request foreign employees to cover the demand for workforce during peak loads, a season of the year or as temporary workers.
- H-3 visas include individuals who want to pursue professional training in the U.S. and continue their professional careers abroad.
Other types of visas cover professionals like media journalists (I visas), individuals with extraordinary abilities in science, business (O visas), athletes and entertainers (P visas) and those pursuing training in their relevant professional areas in the U.S (R visas). Other visas (L visas) are also available for employers who wish to transfer foreign nationals who already work in a foreign branch of their company to the U.S.
Considerations For Permanent Worker Visas
If you plan to pursue a professional career in the U.S. and meet the required criteria to do so, or if you already have a job offer from a U.S. company or business, you may consider the option to obtain a permanent worker visa. Some notable benefits of this visa are the possibility of bringing your family and living in the U.S. for an indefinite period.
Following, we share information about the two types of permanent worker visas:
- EB-1: This is a first-preference visa for professionals, athletes, artists, scientists, academics and other relevant qualified individuals with extraordinary abilities. If you are within this group, you do not need a labor certification, which is a job offer from an American employer.
- EB-2: A second-preference visa, this is for professionals with exceptional ability in business, arts or sciences. An applicant should also hold a postgraduate degree, qualify as having “exceptional ability” or obtain a national interest waiver – or higher – showing their profession will benefit the national interest of the U.S. Other requirements to apply for this visa include 10 years of experience in your field, as a minimum. Family members may also apply provided that each individual has a green card.
Each visa has stringent qualification criteria and requirements that every candidate should consider. In addition, there might be a limited number of visas available each year. Any error on the application may be costly and time-consuming. Our attorneys can guide you through the process and counsel you on the options that may meet your needs and empower your decision-making.