What Are The Basics of US Work Visas?

The United States offers a legal path for immigrants who wish to work and live in the United States. Because there are various types of work visas available to those who qualify, here are some of the basics of US work visas The immigration process can be somewhat complex, so it is important to understand the basics of U.S. work visas. The first step towards obtaining a visa is to determine which type of visa is best suited to your needs. The USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, oversees immigration.

H-1B Visas

There are various types of visas available to qualified immigrant applicants. The most desirable visa is the H-1B. This visa is a work permit for professionals who wish to live and work in the U.S. It is generally available to immigrants from any country. The H-1B visa is only for those who work in specific occupations. The H-1B visa is petitioned for by company who wants to employ you. They fill out and submit the paperwork to sponsor your employment.

Seasonal Employment

The H-2B visa is designed for seasonal immigrant employees. The applicant must qualify and have a job offer from a U.S. company. Some of the types of jobs that are considered seasonal include those in hospitality, restaurant, cruise ships, resorts, golf courses, landscaping, construction, carnivals, water parks, and ski facilities, among others. This type of visa is temporary, and the employee is expected to return home when the job comes to an end.

Permanent Residency

For those who wish to stay in the U.S. permanently, the permanent residency card is required. This type of visa, also commonly called a green card, is only issued in certain circumstances. There are four basic ways to obtain a green card. These include through marriage, diversity lottery, family member, or a sponsoring employer. Additionally, green cards may be available in several other unique circumstances including refuge, political asylum, and temporary protected status.

Help with Your Application                                        

The immigration rules and guidelines can be quite complex. It is important that you choose to apply for the type of visa that best suits your needs. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney for assistance in determining which visa is best for your situation, and filling out the application and gathering the supporting documentation required. The process can take time, often many months, so it is essential that you apply as early as possible.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding The Basics of US Work Visas, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at  480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.