Employment-based visas are visas that allow employers to sponsor workers so that they may enter the United States for designated periods of time (usually several years) to engage in work-related activities. The goal of business immigration is to encourage and allow foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities and talents that are valuable to the U.S. economy to live and work in the country temporarily. In many cases, employment-based visas allow the alien worker to eventually pursue lawful permanent resident status (get a green card) to remain in the U.S. permanently.
At Hart David Carson, we assist clients who are seeking employment-based visas. We also help employers who wish to sponsor employees and bring them to the U.S. with all aspects of the filing and application process. If you would like to speak to one of our employment-based visa lawyers, call our Greenville, SC office today and request a free initial consultation.
There are various temporary employment-based visas available to different types of workers based on different eligibility requirements.
Some of the most common temporary employment-based visas include:
- H-1B: An H-1B visa is a type of nonimmigrant visa issued to foreign nationals who wish to engage in temporary employment in the U.S. The purpose of this visa is to allow employers in the U.S. to hire foreign workers for jobs that require specialized knowledge and/or a certain level of experience.
- H-2A: An H-2A visa is a type of nonimmigrant visa issued to foreign nationals who wish to engage in temporary agricultural work in the U.S. To obtain an H-2A, individuals must have a job offer from an eligible U.S. employer and meet all requirements set forth by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- H-2B: An H-2B visa is a type of nonimmigrant visa issued to foreign nationals who wish to engage in temporary or seasonal nonagricultural work in the U.S. Like H-2A visas, H-2B visas require a job offer from an eligible U.S. employer. They also have specific qualification requirements that must be met, as set by USCIS.
- L-1A: An L-1A visa is a type of nonimmigrant work visa that is issued to foreign nationals who are being transferred from an international branch office, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary company to the United States. The purpose of this visa is to allow executives and managers from a foreign company to come to the U.S. to establish, develop, and direct operations for their organization.
- L-1B: An L-1B visa is a type of nonimmigrant work visa that is issued to foreign nationals who possess specialized knowledge related to the operations of an international company. This visa allows these individuals to temporarily reside and work in the U.S. to help establish, create, or oversee processes and operations for the organization.
These are just some of the most common types of employment-based visas, but there are many others. At Hart David Carson, we can help you review your options and determine which type of visa is most suited to your specific situation.
Who Is Eligible for an Employment-Based Visa?
Each different type of employment-based visa has its own set of requirements. To be eligible, applicants must meet these criteria, and, in many cases, employers must also meet certain requirements.
Different types of employment-based visas are available to the following types of foreign nationals:
- Professionals with specialized knowledge or skill in a certain area
- Professionals who have been recognized nationally/internationally for their expertise
- Professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled (other) workers
- Qualifying employees who have received sponsorship from a U.S. employer
- Executives and managers of foreign offices, branches, etc. of a U.S. company
You may be required to prove exceptional ability in your area of expertise, or you may only qualify if you are an executive or manager. It depends on the type of visa you are applying for, as well as certain other unique factors specific to your situation.
We recommend that you reach out to our knowledgeable Greenville employment-based visa attorneys for help with your application. Whether you are uncertain about what type of visa applies to your situation, or you need help preparing your application, we can help you understand your options and what to expect. Our team is prepared to assist you with all aspects of business immigration.
Why Hire Our Employment-Based Visa Attorneys?
The U.S. immigration system is complex, and the laws governing this area change often. It is important that you work with an attorney who not only knows the law but also how to help you successfully navigate the visa application process.
At Hart David Carson, we work directly with every client to understand their unique goals. Whether you simply wish to obtain a temporary nonimmigrant visa to work in the United States for several years, or you are interested in obtaining an employment-based green card and, eventually, becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, our team knows how to help.
We have helped countless professionals, specialty workers, entrepreneurs, investors, executives, employers, and others successfully navigate the business immigration process. Learn how our attorneys can help you, too.
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