Non-Immigrant Work Visas
If you wish to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time, a non-immigrant visa permits you to travel
to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security to visit for a specific purpose. That
purpose might be work, school, conference, etc., or to visit the country, friends or family.
A non-immigrant visa
differs from an immigrant visa in that the non-immigrant visa only allows a person to enter temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa holder can enter and stay permanently.
The length of time someone can stay in the U.S. depends on the visa status
under which they are admitted (for example, specialty occupation). And a person admitted in one status can often change their
status in order to stay longer--or to perform different activities. For instance, a medical school student may want to change
his or her status to an employer-sponsored non-immigrant visa once they graduate and find employment. Several categories of
non-immigrant visas allow a person to extend their status and thereby extend their stay in the U.S.
can sometimes be confusing and complicated. We determine the visa category that is right for you and assist you with
obtaining the right status from your current category to the new category. We may also obtain legal status and work
authorization for your dependent family members.
The following is a brief list of the most commonly used temporary
working visa categories:
H1-B Specialty Occupation
visa classification applies to an alien who will be employed temporarily in a specialty occupation (one which typically requires
a Bachelor’s degree) or as a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability. Under current law, there is an annual
limit of 65,000 aliens who may be issued a visa or otherwise provided H-1B status. As many as 20,000 additional H-1B slots
are available to graduates of U.S. Master’s degree (or higher) programs.
The L-1 visa permits multinational companies to transfer high-level and essential employees
from their international offices to the United States. The non-immigrant would work at the affiliate or subsidiary of that
same employer in the U.S. in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.
E-1 Treaty Traders
The E-1 visa allows an individual to enter the United States on a non-immigrant basis
for the sole purpose of carrying on substantial trade between his or her country and the United States. The home country of
the non-immigrant must have a treaty with the United States.
E-2 Treaty Investor
If you come the U.S. to run an enterprise in which you are invested, you may obtain the non-immigrant visa status of E-2
treaty investor. If you are an employee of a treaty investor you may also be qualified as an E visa holder if your duties
require special qualifications essential to the business. The non-immigrant must have the same nationality as the alien employer
and the home country of the non-immigrant must have a treaty with the United States.
O-1 Individuals of Extraordinary Ability
Highly talented or acclaimed individuals may be eligible for an
O visa for entry into the U.S. People who may qualify for this visa are physicians, scientists and accomplished businesspeople
as well as athletes considered at the top of their field.
These visas are limited to nationals of Canada and Mexico. If you are employed in one of the sixty-three listed professions
in NAFTA, you can apply for non-immigrant TN status. Most of the listed professions require either a bachelor's degree
or a licensures degree.
R-1 Religious Workers
The R-1 visa permits
religious workers to come to the U.S. to take on a religious occupation and perform services for their religious organization.
The religious organization must already be established in the United States.
Find out about MANY other means of
obtaining a non-immigrant visa to the U.S., by contacting us today to arrange a free consultation.