If you wish to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time, a non-immigrant
visa permits you to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission to visit for a specific purpose. That purpose might
be work, schooling, a conference, tourism, or to visit friends or family.
A non-immigrant visa differs from an
immigrant visa in that the non-immigrant visa only allows a person to enter temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa holder can enter and stay permanently.
The length of time someone can stay in the U.S. depends on the visa status
under which they are admitted (for example, specialty occupation). And a person admitted in one status can often change their
status in order to stay longer or to perform different activities. For instance, a medical school student may want to change
his or her status to an employer-sponsored non-immigrant visa once they graduate and find employment (assuming their new employer
will sponsor them). Several types of non-immigrant visas also allow a person to extend their status and thereby lengthen their
stay in the U.S.
The process can sometimes be confusing and complicated. Our firm can make it much easier, determine
the visa that is right for you and assist you with changing status from your current category to the new category. In appropriate
cases, we can also obtain legal status and work authorization for your dependent family members.
The following is a brief list of the most commonly used temporary work
H1-B Specialty Occupation
This non-immigrant visa classification applies
to an alien who will be employed temporarily in a specialty occupation (one which typically requires a Bachelor’s degree)
or as a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability. Under current law, there is an annual limit of 65,000 aliens who
may be issued a visa or otherwise provided H-1B status. As many as 20,000 additional H-1B slots are available to graduates
of U.S. Master’s degree (or higher) programs.
L-1 Intra-company Transfers
The L-1 visa permits
multinational companies to transfer high-level, essential employees from their international offices to the United States.
The non-immigrant must work at the affiliate or subsidiary of that same employer in the U.S. in a managerial, executive, or
specialized knowledge capacity
E-1 Treaty Traders
The E-1 visa allows an individual to enter
the United States on a non-immigrant basis for the sole purpose of carrying on substantial trade between his or her country
and the United States. The home country of the non-immigrant must have a treaty with the United States.
If you come to the U.S. to run an enterprise in which you invest, you may obtain the non-immigrant
visa status of E-2 treaty investor. If you are an employee of a treaty trader investor you may also be qualified as an E visa
holder if your duties require special qualifications essential to the business. The non-immigrant must have the same nationality
as the alien employer. The home country of the non-immigrant must have a treaty with the United States.
O-1 Individuals of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
Highly talented or acclaimed individuals may be eligible
for an O visa for entry into the U.S. People who may qualify for this visa are physicians, scientists and accomplished businesspeople
as well as athletes at the top of their field.
These visas are limited to
nationals of Canada and Mexico. If you are employed in one of the sixty-three listed professions in NAFTA, you can apply
for non-immigrant TN status. Most of the listed professions require at least a bachelor's degree or a licensures degree.
R-1 Religious Workers
The R-1 visa permits religious workers to come to the U.S. to assume a
religious occupation and to perform services for their religious organization. The religious organization must already be
established in the United States.
Find out about MANY other ways of obtaining a non-immigrant visa to the U.S.,
by contacting us today to arrange a free consultation.