E-1 Treaty Trader Visa
The E-1 Treaty Trader Visa allows foreign nationals of a country with which the United States has a commercial treaty to come to the United States to engage in trade of a substantial nature between the United States and the applicant’s country of nationality.
- The applicant must be coming to the United States to carry out substantial trade or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise that has commercial trade with the applicant’s country of nationality.
- The trade involved must be an international exchange (successfully negotiated contracts binding on all parties) of items between the United States and a treaty country.
- There are no quota restrictions for E-1 visas.
- Spouses of E-1 Visa holders are also eligible to accept employment in the United States.
E-1 Visa holders are generally admitted for a period of 2 years and extensions can be easily obtained.
E-2 Treaty Investor
Individuals who wish to invest in the United States may be able to obtain an E-2 Treaty Investor Visa.
- The E-2 Visa applicant must be a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce The investor is required to come to the United States to develop and manage the operations of the enterprise
- The investor must have invested or is actively in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital.
- The applicant must have fifty (50%) percent ownership ore more of the investment, unless the applicant is coming as an employee of the enterprise.
- There are no quota restrictions for E-2 Visas.
- Spouses of E-2 Visa holders are also eligible to accept employment in the United States.
- E-2 Visa holders are generally admitted for a period of 2 years and extensions can be easily obtained.
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H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers Visa
The H–1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
- Your job must qualify as a specialty occupation;
- Your job must be in the specialty occupation that normally requires a degree in a related field;
- You must be paid at least the actual or prevailing wage for your occupation, which ever is higher;
- An H1B visa number must be available at the time of filing the petition, unless the petition is exempt from numerical limits.
H-3 Trainee Visa
H-3 Temporary Trainee Visas are for foreign nationals who wish to come to the United States for on-the-job training provided by an American company. H-3 Trainee Visa holders are allowed to work only for the company that is providing the training, and employment should only play a minor role in the program. H-3 Temporary Trainee Visas are usually issued for the duration of the training program (up to 2 years). Extensions may be granted, but within the 2-year limit.
Requirements and Restrictions:
- There is no annual cap on the number of H-3 Temporary Trainee Visas that can be issued.
- Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age of H-3 Visa holders are eligible for H-4 Visas. Dependents may remain in the United States, travel in and out of the country, but are not allowed to work on H-4 Visa status.
J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
J-1 Visas are designed to individuals who take part in a wide range of exchange visitor programs sponsored by schools, businesses, and a variety of organizations and institutions. These programs are envisioned for business and industrial trainees, scholars, students, international visitors, teachers, research assistants and those on cultural missions.
You meet the criteria for a J1 Exchange Visitor Visa if you are coming to the United States as a student, scholar, trainee, teacher, professor, research assistant, medical graduate or international visitor who is participating in a program of studies, training research or cultural enrichment specifically designed for such individuals by the United States Department of State, through its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
L-1A Executive/Manager Intra-Company Transferee
The L-1A nonimmigrant classification enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive or manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company, which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing one.
- Have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company (parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate, collectively referred to as qualifying organizations); and
- Currently be, or will be, doing business as an employer in the United States and in at least one other country directly or through a qualifying organization for the duration of the beneficiary’s stay in the United States as an L-1.
- The employee must have been working for a qualifying organization abroad for one continuous year within the three years immediately preceding his or her admission to the United States; and
- The employee must be seeking to enter the United States to provide service in an executive or managerial capacity for a branch of the same employer or one of its qualifying organizations.
Advantages About L-1 Visas
- No annual limit exists on the number of visas issued;
- L1 visa holders may pursue permanent U.S. residency;
- Live in the U.S. and work legally for a U.S. Company;
- Obtain visas for your spouse and for your children who are under 21 years old;
- Spouses may obtain authorization to work in the U.S. in any type of employment;
O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa
The O Visa classification consists of three visas: O-1, O-2 and O-3. The O-1 Visa is for individuals with extraordinary abilities within science, arts, education, business, or athletics at the national or international level. Individuals with a record of extraordinary achievements within motion picture and/or television can also apply for the O-1 Visa as long as the work performed is in an area of extraordinary achievements. O-2 Visas are for supporting individuals of the O-1 Visa holder, and the relationship between the O-1 and O-2 Visa holder must have been long lasting. The spouse and unmarried children of O-1 Visa holders are entitled to O-3 Visas to come to the Unites States with the main O-1 Visa holder.
- The work performed must be temporary.
- The individual must possess skills that are extraordinary within the field of sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or within the field of motion picture or television industry. Examples of proof of extraordinary ability can be contracts, awards, nominations, prices, and published material or similar documentation reflecting the nature of the individual’s achievement.
P Visa for Athletes and Entertainers
The P Visa consists of four classifications: P-1, P-2, P-3 and P-4. The P Visa classification covers individuals that are internationally recognized athletes, artists or entertainers. The spouse and unmarried children of the P Visa holder may also accompany the P Visa holder to the United States during his or her duration of stay. The P-1 Visa may be issued to an individual or to a team/group. Other classifications under the P Visa cover individuals who perform, teach or coach in culturally unique programs.
P Visa Eligibility Requirements:
- The P-1 Visa classifications cover individuals who compete at an internationally recognized level.
- The P-2 Visa classification is for individuals who are entertainers or a part of a performance group that perform on a reciprocal exchange program with U.S. organizations. Necessary documentation includes formal reciprocal exchange agreements, descriptions of the exchange program and evidence of qualifying skills.
- The P-3 Visa applicant must be at least 18 years of age, be qualified to perform the work as specified on the petition, communicate effectively, and have not resided in the United States during the last year before arrival on a P-3 Visa.
R-1 Religious Worker Visa
Religious visas are designed to individuals who are members of legitimate religious organizations so they can live and work legally in the United States for a specific period of time. The process of completing and submitting a request for an R-1 Visa can be both costly and confusing. However, our R-1 Religious Worker Visa Immigration Package makes the application process easy to understand. This is a step-by-step guide to help you file your R-1 Visa application as efficiently and quickly as possible.
TN NAFTA Work Visa
TN NAFTA Work Visas are temporary work visas available only to citizens of Mexico and Canada. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a citizen of a NAFTA country may work in a professional occupation in another NAFTA country, as long as the applicant meets certain requirements.
- Visas are only available to citizens of Mexico and Canada
- The profession is on the NAFTA list (professions listed in application package)
- The applicant has the specific criteria for that profession
- The prospective position requires someone in that professional capacity
- The applicant is going to work for a U.S. employer
B-1 Visa “Domestic Employee or Nanny”
You may apply for a B-1 visitor visa to work in the United States as a personal or domestic employee for your employer in limited situations. This category of persons includes, but is not limited to, cooks, butlers, chauffeurs, housemaids, parlormaids, nannies, au pairs, mothers’ helpers, gardeners, and paid companions.