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Nov 1, 2021

How Do You Get a Work Visa to the USA?

The United States is one of the most popular places in the world to work,.

How Do You Get a Work Visa to the USA?

The United States is one of the most popular places in the world to work, and every year thousands of foreign nationals try to obtain a work visa for the USA. Knowing what type of visa to apply for and how can be complicated, but the experienced lawyers at the Singular Law Group are here to help. If you are interested in learning more about how to apply for a work visa, call the office or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our dedicated immigration lawyers now.

What is a Work Visa?

A visa is a document that allows foreign nationals to travel and enter the United States. The type of visa obtained dictates what a foreign national is allowed to do once they enter the USA, and a work visa is necessary if they wish to be employed during their stay. There are many different types of work visas, including those for temporary workers and for sponsored or permanent employees. An experienced immigration lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona can help determine which is right for your situation.

Temporary Employees

If a foreign national wishes to come to the United States temporarily and work, a nonimmigrant work visa application must be filled out by the employer on the worker’s behalf. Spouses and children of the temporary worker may also apply to come to the United States during the worker’s stay, but it requires additional applications and documentation. Some of the most common types of temporary, nonimmigrant work visas include the following:

  • CW-1: CMNI transitional workers
  • E-1: Treaty traders and qualified employees
  • E-2: Treaty investors and qualified employees
  • H-1B: Workers in specialty occupations like fashion models and Department of Defense workers
  • H-1C: Registered nurses
  • H-2A: Temporary or seasonal workers
  • H-2B: Temporary non-agricultural workers
  • I: Representatives of foreign press, radio, television, or film
  • L-1A: Intracompany transferees in managerial or executive positions
  • L-1B: Intracompany transferees with specialized knowledge
  • O-1: People with extraordinary abilities in sciences, arts, sports, education, or business
  • P-1A: Internationally recognized athletes
  • P-1B: Internationally recognized entertainers
  • R-1: Religious workers, and more.

Sponsored/Permanent Employees

Around 140,000 permanent work visas are available every year for foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to the United States based on their work skills. With the right set of skills, education, and work experience a person may be able to secure a sponsored/permanent work visa and live permanently in the USA.

Some types of permanent work visas require a labor certification from an employer in the United States that has already offered the person a job and can attest that there are no U.S. workers qualified and willing to fill the position as well as that by hiring a foreign worker it will not adversely affect the wages of United States employees. Known as the “EB” visas, categories include visas for extraordinary abilities in business, arts, sciences, or education, people who hold advanced degrees, skilled workers, special immigrants, and business investors. 

Talk to a Resourceful Work Visa Attorney in Arizona

If you would like to learn more about how to get a work visa, contact the Singular Law Group today.

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