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How immigrants can enter the U.S. for employment purposes

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2022 | Immigration Law

Coming to the United States to live and work is the dream of many, yet most immigrant hopefuls find the process of actually entering the country to be complicated and frustrating. If you are a citizen of another country, yet you plan to work in the U.S., you will need the appropriate permission to accomplish that goal. You will need to secure a visa, but first you will need to determine the type for which you should apply.

There are different types of employment visas, and the right type for you depends on your specific goals and employment opportunities. Before you apply, you may benefit from understanding the differences between the visa categories and how you can minimize complications during the process.

What type of employment visa is right for you?

There are both temporary and permanent employment-based visas. The right type depends on your goals and objectives, the job offers you have and other details of your individual situation. Examples of temporary work visas and intended employees include the following:

  • H-1B: Foreign professionals in specialty occupations
  • H-2A: Temporary agricultural workers from certain countries
  • H-2B: Seasonal non-agricultural temporary workers

There are limits to the number of temporary work visas granted each year in each category. If you wish to live and work in the United States permanently for your job, you must meet certain qualifications. You may be eligible for a permanent visa if you are:

  • A professional with an advanced degree
  • An individual with an extraordinary talent
  • A skilled worker
  • An immigrant investor
  • Meet other eligibility requirements

An assessment of your employment objectives and future plans can help you understand the type of visa that is best for your individual situation.

Applying for an employment-based visa

U.S. immigration laws are complex, and delays can make the visa application process extremely frustrating. If you are applying for a specific type of visa so you may live and work in Florida, you may benefit from preparing for the potentially challenging situation ahead. First, it is important to understand eligibility requirements for your specific visa. After that, you will benefit from learning about what to expect from the application process and what you can do to minimize setbacks that may stand between you and your immigration goals.