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Options for immigrants who want to work in the U.S.

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2023 | IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION - Immigration

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 48.6% of the 68,113 residents in Weston, FL, in 2020 were foreign-born. If you are part of this group of immigrants in the area, you may wonder what your options are to legally find work.

For many immigrants, securing employment in the U.S. is a fundamental step toward achieving their aspirations. So, exploring your options can help you move closer to your goals.

Employment-based visas

One of the most common ways for immigrants to work in the U.S. is through employment-based visas. These visas require sponsorship from a U.S. employer who intends to hire you due to your specific skills or qualifications. Several categories of employment-based visas exist.

H-1B is for individuals in specialty occupations, such as technology, science, and engineering. An L visa allows employees of multinational companies to work in the U.S. The O visa is for those with extraordinary ability or achievement in fields like arts, sciences or athletics. The  EB visa can lead to permanent residency.

Family-based employment authorization

Immigrants who are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or green card holders may be eligible for family-based employment authorization. Spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens or green card holders can often obtain this authorization as part of their immigration process.

Asylum and refugee status

Individuals with asylum or refugee status are eligible to work and can apply for employment authorization documents.

Temporary protected status

Immigrants from countries facing severe and temporary crises, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters, may get Temporary Protected Status. TPS recipients can work legally in the U.S. for the duration of their protected status.

Deferred action for childhood arrivals

DACA provides work authorization and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. The program stopped offering new applications, but those with prior approval can still use its protections.

Diversity visa lottery

The diversity visa lottery is a unique opportunity for immigrants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. It provides a chance to obtain a visa, which can lead to permanent residency and work authorization.

The United States offers a variety of options for immigrants seeking employment opportunities. While the immigration process can be complex and challenging, these pathways provide hope and a chance for a better future for those willing to seize the opportunities that the U.S. has to offer.