Employment-Based Non-Permanent Residents
Cleveland Immigration Attorney
Before a foreign national can legally secure employment and work in the
United States, he or she must obtain a visa that authorizes such employment.
To make matters more complex, U.S. immigration law does not provide one
single visa that gives a blanket authorization to work. Instead, there
are more than 20 unique types of non-immigrant work visas, each one intended
for a different situation. A Cleveland immigration lawyer from our firm
can help you select the most appropriate type of visa for you and assist
you with the entire application process. We work with both individuals
and employers, providing knowledgeable legal counsel and outstanding representation.
Types of Visas for Non-Permanent Employment
The B-1 visa is for temporary business visitors who are coming to the
United States for purposes such as consulting with associates; negotiating
contracts; participating in training on a short-term basis; attending
a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference;
or settling an estate.
E-1 & E-2
Certain countries around the world are party to treaties of trade and
commerce with the United States, and the citizens of these countries enjoy
special rights and privileges under the provisions of U.S. immigration
law. Visas are available for treaty investors and treaty traders who plan
to conduct business in this country.
The F-1 visa is one of two available student visas; it enables the holder
to attend a college, university, seminary, high school, elementary school,
or other educational institution on a full-time basis. It also allows
the student to work on campus under certain circumstances and off campus
in certain types of positions after the first year.
There are several types of visas in the H visa category, including visas
for specialty occupation workers, registered nurses, seasonal agricultural
workers, and trainees. H visas are in high demand, and the yearly allocation
typically runs out in a short period of time.
The I visa is reserved for representatives of the foreign press, radio,
film, or other types of information media. It does not permit the holder
to engage in activities such as creating material of a commercial nature,
for staged events such as reality TV shows, quiz shows, or documentaries
with staged recreations.
J visas, which are also referred to as exchange visitor visas, are provided
with the purpose of promoting understanding between the people of the
U.S. and the rest of the world. There are several categories of exchange
visitor, including students, physicians, au pairs, professors, and trainees.
If you work for a multinational corporation and are going to be transferred
to offices within the United States, then you will need a visa in the
L category for intracompany transferees, either the
L-1A executive / manager or the
L-1B specialized knowledge visa.
Individuals with extraordinary ability or achievements in the arts, sciences,
business, education, or athletics, or extraordinary achievements in the
motion picture and television film may be eligible for the O visa category,
which allows the holder to stay in this country for a period of up to
There are several different types of P visas, but the category is generally
intended for athletes, artists, entertainers, and their immediate family
members. The visa is reserved for individuals who have achieved recognition
for performance on an internationally recognized level.
When you are planning to travel to the United States for the purpose of
taking part in an international cultural exchange program, you can apply
for a Q visa. Whereas the J visa is for cultural exchange programs sanctioned
by the Department of State, the Q visa enables the holder to enter the
U.S. to participate in programs recognized by USCIS.
With the R-1 visa, certain types of religious workers are permitted to
travel to the United States for an initial period of two and a half years
or up to five years with extensions. To prove that you are eligible for
the R-1 visa, you must be a member of a bona fide non-profit religious
organization for at least two years and must be planning to work at least
20 hours per week during your time in the U.S.
TN / NAFTA Visa
TN (trade NAFTA) status is a temporary worker visa status intended for
individuals who live in the North American Free Trade Agreement countries.
Workers from Mexico and Canada may be eligible for this type of visa provided
that they work in one of several listed professions, have a prearranged
position of employment, and can meet the other requirements for eligibility.
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- have more than 70 years of immigration experience, and have earned accolades
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possible results for our clients.
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