Getting the world’s best and the brightest to work for you, or finding that dreamed-of career opportunity in the U.S. are very fact-specific, particularized endeavors. So while our immigration lawyer cannot speak to your specific case, below is an introduction to immigration options for businesses interested in hiring people from abroad and foreign nationals considering work in the U.S.
Non-immigrant visas authorize a temporary stay in the U.S. Some are for very short durations, such as those given to tourists, while other types can be extended for years. Visas providing for temporary employment cover the full spectrum of professional achievement and skills. The O-1 visa, for example, is reserved for individuals who are recognized as being at the very top of their field, be they scientists, artists, physicians, or athletes. The L-1 visa allows U.S. companies to transfer executives, managers, and professionals with specialized knowledge from foreign offices to an office in the U.S. Other visas are reserved for everyone from nurses to seasonal agricultural workers to clergy. For more general information on non-immigrant visas of all sorts, download this PDF from the USCIS website.
Contact us for specific information about your case, or for a free phone consultation with our immigration lawyer in Philadelphia. There is no substitute for sound legal advice and representation.
Employment based, immigrant visas provide a permanent status in the U.S. to live and work. There are five general categories. The EB-1 visa is reserved for people of extraordinary ability and international acclaim, outstanding researchers and professors, and multinational executives and managers. The EB-2 visa is allocated to immigrants with advanced degrees and five years or more of work experience, immigrants with expertise significantly above the average in their field, and immigrants whose employment in the U.S. is of significant national interest. The EB-3 visa is given to skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled laborers doing work which there are no qualified Americans to perform. The EB-4 visa may be awarded to religious workers, broadcasters, international organization employees, and physicians, among others. Finally, the EB-5 visa is granted to immigrant investors whose work in the United States will create jobs and stimulate the economy.
Contact us for specific information about your case, or for a free phone consultation with our immigration lawyer. There is no substitute for sound legal advice and representation.