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Exploring employment visas for working in the United States

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2023 | IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION - Employment Immigration

The United States is a hub of opportunities for professionals around the globe. However, to legally work in the U.S., you need to secure an appropriate employment visa. With multiple visa types, each catering to specific professional needs, understanding them can help you make the right choice.

These visas differ based on factors like job type, skill level and duration of stay. Look at some of the primary employment visas you can use to work in the United States.

H-1B visa for specialty occupations

The H-1B visa is for professionals in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. These occupations often involve fields such as IT, engineering, mathematics, medicine and more. With this visa, you can work in the United States for three years, extendable to six years.

L-1 visa for intercompany transfers

If you are an executive, manager or a professional with specialized knowledge working for a company with offices both in your home country and the U.S., you might qualify for an L-1 visa. This visa allows you to work in the U.S. branch of your company for a certain period.

E Visas for traders and investors

The United States has treaties with several countries to encourage trade and investment. If you are a citizen of one of these treaty countries and you conduct significant trade with the U.S. or invest a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business, you might qualify for an E visa.

O-1 visa for extraordinary ability

The O-1 visa is for individuals who possess extraordinary ability or achievement in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. If you have a record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, you might also be eligible for this visa.

The process of obtaining a visa can be complex and time-consuming, but it is the essential first step toward realizing your dream of working in the United States. Understanding the requirements and limitations of each employment visa can help you make an informed decision about which visa best fits your situation.