Employment And Student Visa
Employment or Student Visas in the United States
Our mission is to help you obtain a visa from the U.S. government so you can live, study, and work in the United States or live with a parent or spouse who has a work visa. There are several types of visas listed below.
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What You Should Know About Visas From The United States
There are several types of visas available to eligible foreign nationals who wish to work, study, or entertain in the United States:
H-VISA: TEMPORARY WORKERS
H-1B: Specialty Occupations, Fashion Models
Professional workers with at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) may be eligible for a non-immigrant visa if their employers can demonstrate that they will be paid at least the prevailing wage for the proposed job position.
H-2B Temporary Worker: Skilled and Unskilled
Employed in a nonagricultural position that is seasonal, intermittent, or a one-time occurrence. Potential qualifying positions include travel agents, restaurant workers, resort workers, amusement park workers, and landscape workers.
H-4 Spouse or Child of H-1, H-2
May be obtained by an H visa holder’s spouse and minor children. The H-4 holder may remain in the U.S. as long as the H visa holder remains in legal status. H-4 may not accept employment but may engage in full-time study.
L VISAS: INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFEREE
L-1 visa transfers a foreign national from a company abroad to the same company within the United States. The foreign national must have worked abroad for at least one continuous year within the past three years, in the capacity of a manager/executive or specialized knowledge staff.
An executive or manager with supervisory responsibility for professional staff for a key function, department, or subdivision of the employer. The initial petition will be approved for three years and can be renewed up to a total of seven years.
L-1B Specialized Knowledge
Foreign national has knowledge of the company’s products, services, research, systems, proprietary techniques, management, or procedures. The knowledge must relate exclusively to the petitioner’s business. The initial petition will be approved for three years and can be renewed once for two years for a total of five years.
L-2 Spouse of L-1
L-2 visa may be obtained by an L-1 visa holder’s spouse and minor children. May remain in the U.S. as long as the L-1 holder remains in legal status. May apply for work permit. May engage in full or part-time study.
O VISAS: WORKERS WITH EXTRAORDINARY ABILITIES
O-1 Extraordinary Ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business, or Athletics
Foreign nationals who have received major prizes, awards, or other recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics and with a job offer from a U.S. company. There is no prevailing wage requirement, may be extended indefinitely and there is no numerical limit to the number of O-1 visas issued.
O-2 Alien’s (support) Accompanying O-1
Designated for essential support personnel of O-1 visa holders in a specific athletic or artistic event or in the motion picture or television industry. O-2 visas are not available for those who accompany or assist O-1 visa holders in education, science, or business.
O-3 Spouse or Child of O-1 or O-2
May be obtained by an O-1 or O-2 visa holder’s spouse and minor children. An O-3 visa holder may remain in the U.S. as long as the O-1 or O-2 visa holder remains in legal status. An O-3 visa holder may not accept employment; must obtain a work visa. May engage in full or part-time study.
P VISAS: ATHLETES & ENTERTAINERS
P-1 Individual or Team Athletes and Entertainment Groups
Internationally recognized athletes or athletic teams entering the U.S. to participate in an event of international standing. Entertainers and entertainment companies recognized internationally as outstanding to tour the U.S. or participate in events. This visa may apply to distinguished circus artists who wish to work in the U.S.
P-2 Artists and Entertainers in Reciprocal Exchange Programs
P-2 visas are available for artists, entertainers, and entertainment troupes or bands entering the U.S. through a government recognized reciprocal exchange program and their support personnel.
P-3 Artists and Entertainers in Culturally Unique Programs
P-3 visas are available to artists and entertainers entering the U.S. to perform, teach, or coach a culturally unique program and their support personnel.
P-4 Spouse or Child of P-1, 2, or 3
Spouse and children of P visa holders accompanying the P visa holder to the U.S. The P-4 holder may not accept employment but may engage in full or part-time study.
NAFTA VISAS: NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
TN Trade Visas for Canadians and Mexicans
A special category has been set up for nationals of Canada and Mexico under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement with a bachelor’s degree and a job offer from a U.S. company.
TD Spouse or Child Accompanying TN
Spouse and children of TN visa holders who wish to visit or accompany the TN visa holder to the United States.
STUDENT TEMPORARY VISAS
F Visas: Academic Students
F-1: Academic Student
Allows entry for students to pursue full-time academic studies in a college, university, seminar, conservatory, private academic high school, or language-training program. The student may work 20 hours per week on campus but must demonstrate economic hardship if off-campus employment is desired.
F-2: Spouse or Child of F-1
May be obtained by an F-1 visa holder’s spouse and minor child. The F-2 holder may remain in the U.S. as long as the F-1 holder remains in legal status. However, the F-2 holder cannot accept employment and must obtain a work visa if employment is desired. The F-2 may engage in full or part-time study.
J VISAS: EXCHANGE VISAS
J-1: Visas for Exchange Visitors
A nonimmigrant exchange visitor for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange programs designated by the US Department of State and the Exchange Visitor Program and Designation Staff.
J-2: Spouse or Child of a J-1
May be obtained by a J-1 visa holder’s spouse and minor child. The J-2 holder may remain in the U.S. as long as the J-1 holder remains in legal status. A J-2 visa holder may apply for a work permit and may engage in full or part-time study.
M VISAS: VOCATIONAL STUDENT OR OTHER NONACADEMIC STUDENT
M-1 Vocational Student or other Non-academic Student
Nonimmigrant visa allowing foreign students to pursue vocational or non-academic studies, other than language training in the U.S. Limitations of M-1 include the inability to transfer schools without USCIS permission, change in course of study, or work off-campus without USCIS permission.
M-2 Spouse or Child of M-1
May be obtained from a spouse and minor child of an M-1 holder. M-2 holders may study in elementary, secondary, or vocational and recreational school; but they may not seek admission in a University or accept employment.
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