Migrating to the United States for occupational-related purposes can attract the interest of working professionals from all around the world. Athletes, artists, individuals on business, and laborers in search of a new skill can all seek employment in our country. With that being said, there is a requirement of a visa in order to maintain employment in the United States. Depending on the needs of the future employee, he or she can apply for either a temporary or employment-based (EB) visa. Applying for these visas can be difficult, often leaving applicants confused and missing out on future opportunities. Retaining the help of a knowledgeable immigration lawyer could protect your chance at potential residency and employment.
When a person wants to enter the United States for employment on a fixed timeframe that is not considered indefinite, he or she would apply for a temporary work visa. A requirement of this category is reliant on the future employer to file a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Information regarding your personal accomplishments as well as a background on the job you are seeking would help decipher which temporary visa category you would fit into:
Additional stipulations in regard to category “O” are elaborated on further in sections P-1, P-2, P-3, and Q-1; these categories all relate to athletes, artists, and the educationally gifted.
For individuals that are seeking indefinite employment in the United States, the accurate category for him or her would be an EB visa. In order for this to be granted, the employer must be able to demonstrate that there are no U.S. workers available for this specific position, as well as a variety of other stipulations. Similar to a temporary work visa, there are different class preferences that the jobseeker must fit into:
Ranging from October 1st - September 30th, there are 140,000 EB visas available for qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law.
Applying for either a temporary or EB work visa in the United States can present several hurdles for any candidate to overcome. Applying for the correct category and subsection is crucial in the application process. Every employment opportunity is unique based on its location, requirements needed, and the length of employment required; having all this information in line is mandatory for the application process. Our dedicated Illinois work visa attorneys could provide insight, helpful tips, and advice to future employees of the United States. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 630-932-9100.
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