Nonimmigrant Visas (Temporary Employment)
H-1B VISA: Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a specialty occupation which requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.
H-2B VISA: Individuals coming temporarily to the United States to perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor.
H-3 VISA: Foreign nationals who seek to receive training that is not available in their country.
J-1 VISA: Physicians or Foreign medical graduates who wish to pursue graduate medical education or training at accredited schools of medicine or scientific institutions; Research scholars to teach, conduct research, observe, or consult on research projects; Foreign students participating in exchange programs to promote the sharing of knowledge and skills in education, arts and sciences; Au Pairs to live with an American host family. Foreign nationals to pursue business and industrial training programs in the U.S. Employees of International Communication agencies; Research assistants sponsored by the national institute of health; Foreign nationals to serve as counselors in U.S. summer camps; Foreign nationals to obtain further academic qualifications or gain practical experience/training in a specific area of knowledge or expertise; U.S. organizations authorized by the Department of State (DOS) to sponsor foreign nationals for training; Foreign nationals who are recognized as potential leaders or experts to engage in observation tours, discussions, consultations, professional meetings, and training.
J-2 VISA: Spouse and children of a J-1 visa holder who wish to accompany the foreign national student and for Spouse and children of J-1 visa holders who wish to visit the exchange visitor in the U.S.A.
L VISA: Intracompany transferees who, within the three preceding years, have been employed abroad continuously for one year by a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of the employer in the United States in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity and who are coming to the United States to work for a related company as an executive, manager or in a specialized knowledge position.
TN VISA: Canadian and Mexican citizens who seek admission to the United States to engage in certain specific activities at a professional level listed in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
E-1/E-2 VISA: Individuals engaged in, or investors or employees of a company that qualifies as an investor or trading entity may obtain visas to work based upon treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation between the United States and the country of which the individual is a national.
E-3 VISA: Australians in a Specialty Occupation. Foreign Professionals from Australia seeking temporary employment. Jobs that require a bachelors degree and specialized skills
O-1 VISA: Persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or extraordinary achievements in the motion picture and television field.
O-2 VISA: available for the Essential support personnel of O-1 visa holders
P-1/P-3 VISA: P-1 visa is available to internationally known athletes and entertainment groups. P-3 visa is available to culturally unique artists and entertainers.
P-2 VISA: available for U.S. agents and corporations to bring artists and entertainers under a reciprocal exchange program to tour the U.S. or participate in events. Entertainment troupes or bands entering the U.S. through a government recognized reciprocal exchange program. Artists entering the U.S. through a government recognized reciprocal exchange program. Support personnel of P-2 visa holders
Q-1 VISA: available for foreign nationals entering the U.S. through an exchange program to undertake employment or practical training which is directly related to the sharing of culture and history of their home country; Foreign nationals who are entering the U.S. through an international cultural exchange program to share and promote history, culture and traditions of their home country.
Q-2 VISA: visa suitable for Companies to hire Irish men and women to work in the following designated areas:
Hospitality and tourism, Customer service, Information and communications technology, Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, Sales, Marketing and promotion, Furniture Irish men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age, who are residents of Northern Ireland or Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Sligo, and Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland
R-1 VISA: Nonprofit religious organizations in the U.S. to employ foreign religious workers to work in religious vocations such as liturgical workers, religious instructors or cantors, catechists, missionaries, religious translators, or religious broadcasters. Members of religious group or community having a bona fide nonprofit, religious organization in the U.S. Foreign nationals coming to the U.S. to work solely as the minister of a religious group or community.
TN VISA [Canada-NAFTA professional]: Canadian companies to transfer employees to their U.S. parent, branch, subsidiary or affiliate without the 1 year foreign employment requirement in the case of the L-1 visa. Canadian medical and allied personnel including dentists, dietitians, laboratory technologists, nutritionist, pharmacist, physical therapist, psychologist, registered nurses and veterinarians. U.S. companies to bring in qualified Canadian professionals for jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or specialized skills. Canadian citizens with a bachelors degree and a job offer from a U.S. company. Canadian citizens in specialized occupations, such as scientists, engineers, programmers, research assistants, management consultants, social workers, and accountants.
TN VISA [Mexico- NAFTA professional]: applicable for Mexican citizens with a bachelors degree and a job offer from a U.S. company; for U.S. companies to bring in qualified Mexican professionals for jobs that require a bachelor’s degree or specialized skills for the job offered; for Mexican citizens in specialized occupations, such as scientists, engineers, programmers, research assistants, management consultants, social workers, and for accountants; Mexican companies to transfer employees to their U.S. parent, branch, subsidiary or affiliate without the 1 year foreign employment requirement in the case of L-1 visa holders. Mexican medical and allied personnel including dieticians, dentists, laboratory technologists, nutritionists, pharmacists, physical therapists, psychologists, registered nurses and veterinarians.
Is applicable for Foreign nationals to apply for a nonimmigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate; for foreign professionals to apply for temporary work visas such as L-1, E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, O-1, O-2, P-1, P-2, P-3, Q-1, Q-2, R-1 and TN; for dependants to apply for nonimmigrant visas such as E-1, E-2, H-4, O-3, P-4, Q-3, R-2 and TD; for treaty traders and investors, and their immediate family members seeking an E visa; Suitable for Diplomatic and foreign government officials, their immediate family members and for employees seeking an A visa; Temporary visitors for business or pleasure seeking a visa [B-1, B-2].
Immigrant Visas for Foreign Workers
EB-1 PRIORITY WORKERS: Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics;
Foreign nationals who are outstanding researchers or professors; or
Foreign nationals who are managers and executives of a multinational entity with offices in the United States.
EB-2 PROFESSIONALS WITH ADVANCED DEGREES OR PERSON WITH EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY: Foreign nationals of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business, or foreign nationals who are advanced degreed professionals.
EB-3 SKILLED OR PROFESSIONAL WORKERS: Professionals with bachelor’s degree; skilled workers (minimum two years training or experience required for position); or unskilled workers.
LABOR CERTIFICATION / PERM: A person whose occupation requires a labor certification must have an offer of full-time permanent employment in the United States. Individuals seeking employment-based permanent residency under the categories of advanced degree professional, skilled worker, professionals without advanced degrees, and all other workers including unskilled workers must first obtain a labor certification by the Department of Labor. The labor certification process requires the applicant to show that:
- Qualified U.S. workers cannot be found at the time of filing the application and in the area of intended employment who are available, willing, and able to fill the position being offered to the applicant; and
- Employment of the applicant will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
Other ways to avoid the lengthy processing time of a labor certification is to file under one of the immigrant classifications that are exempt from the labor certification requirements such as extraordinary ability individuals, exceptional ability individual whose work is in the national interest or multinational executives or managers.
IMMIGRATION: Our Office can conveniently and efficiently represent clients located anywhere in the United States or abroad on U.S. immigration matters. Such representation is possible because immigration law is purely federal in nature and because of the resources and technology we employ.