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.
Temporary Work Visa
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:
- H-1B: This type of visa is for a specialty occupation, typically held by a trained professional with a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent).
- H-2A: Relates to individuals seeking agricultural work.
- H-2B: Relates to individuals seeking non-agricultural work.
- H-3: Provides the opportunity for training programs (non-medical or academic).
- L: Applies to individuals working at a home offices affiliate location in a managerial capacity.
- O: Employs applicants possessing outstanding academic, artistic, or athletic skills or achievements.
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....