An Employment Visa or Work Visa generally describes a category of nonimmigrant visas that allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations. Requirements vary by type of Visa, but the process is generally the same for the US Employer and foreign employee appicant.
H Visas are for temporary workers of several categories.
L Visas are for Intra Company Transfers
To be eligible for an L Visa the applicant must have worked for at least One (1) year of the last three (3) years outside the United States for a company that has a branch, affiliate, subsidiary, or parent company in the United States to which you have been transferred. The employee must be a Manager, Executive, or have some type of unique specialized knowledge, training, or experience that uniquely suits them for the role in the United States. Not all employees from international countries are eligible.
P Visas are for Athletes, Athletic Teams and Entertainment Groups invited to perform in the United States.
Before the foreign employee can apply for any of these Work Visas, the employer must first submit a petition, which will define the conditions of the event or performance, establish proof of the applicants’ international distiction and/or commercial success, including the contract between the two parties and the itinerary for the events and duration of their stay. Certain Visa types will also require the employer to file a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor. After the LCA is approved, the employer can then submit the petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
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Following our detailed instructions, you complete the online application and digitally sign it then schedule your interview with the US Embassy. We’ll help you know what to bring and how to prepare. After you ace the interview, your Visa decision will
Yes, all of these US Work Visa holders can bring their families to the US with them. Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 are eligible to apply for H4 visas, which are dependent visas. H4 visa holders are not eligible to work in the US, but they are allowed to attend school and make limited trips outside the country.
Some Employment visas are limited annually by either type of visa, qualifications of the application, or both. For example, H1B Visas are limited to 65,000 per year, plus 20,000 more for foreign professionals with a U.S. master’s or higher degree, and H2B Seasonal Agricultural temporary workers are limited to 66,000. But H2A and L Visas have no annual limits.
No, the H, L and P employment visas are not a path to a green card. These are nonimmigrant visas and are intended for temporary work in the US. To obtain a green card, or permanent residency, the foreign worker must apply for an immigrant visa, such as an EB-1 or EB-2 visa.
Yes, in order to apply for a work visa, an individual must have an offer of employment from a US company. The offer must be for a specialty occupation, which requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience or an invitation to compete or perform at an event of distinction. The employer is required to submit a petition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)and may also be required to file a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. Department of Labor. Once the petition is granted by USCIS you can apply for your Visa.
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