Are you planning to work in the U.S. and in need of a work visa? In the United States, foreign workers who wish to work legally will need to apply for a work authorization or employment visas. There are several employment visas available and each of them tailors the needs of different employment fields and levels. If you are a foreign student, professional worker or employer wanting to hire a foreign worker, and are interested in knowing more about different work related visa options, below are a list of employment visas that may be available to you.
H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers Visa
Who? Generally for someone who has at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Requirements? A U.S. employer’s job offer that pays you the prevailing wage.
Validity? Usually three years increment, renewable to maximum of six years (exceptions apply).
Benefits? Spouse and minor children can get dependent visas to live and study in the U.S. H-1B can be used as a starting point to a green card as it allows immigrant intent.
L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa
Who? Generally for intracompany transferee such as multinational manager or executive.
Requirements? Supported by an overseas affiliated company and must have an affiliated company in the U.S.
Validity? Usually three years if sponsoring/U.S. company has been in business for a period of time. Renewal unlimited times.
Benefits? Spouse and minor children of L visa beneficiary can get dependent visa to live and study in the U.S. Also L visa is one of the cheapest and fastest way to invest in the U.S. especially for non-treaty trade countries such as China and most countries in the Middle-East.
O- Visa for individuals with extraordinary ability
O visas are short-term work visas available for persons doing specialized work in the arts, athletics, sciences, business, entertainment, and education fields. To be eligible for an O visa, you must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, education, business, or athletics and be one of a small percentage who has reached the top of your field or has received a major award such as a Nobel Prize or award for excellence.Learn more about O Visa
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