An immigration attorney will walk you through the process
Professionals, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs looking to work in the United States need to obtain a legal immigration status to do so. If you’re a non-permanent resident but there is a job opening you’re eligible for or are looking to start a business or invest in the country, you may need to obtain a work visa. The visa will allow you to live and work in the United States legally for a temporary period of time. The United States immigration process is intricate and complex and the steps and avenues a client needs to take depend greatly on their needs and situation. Obtaining a work visa can be complicated, so having the support of a client-centric team of attorneys, such as the professionals at The Saade Law Firm, P.A. is paramount. An immigration attorney will walk you through the process, help you with the necessary documentation, advise you on desired courses of actions, advocate for you, and more.
This article will take a deep dive into the ins and outs of obtaining a work visa in the United States and the benefits of working with an immigration lawyer, the types of visas available, and what to expect during the process.
What is a Work Visa?
As its name suggests, a work visa is a category of visas that foreign born workers can apply to which gives them legal temporary employment status in the United States. The length of employment will be dependent on the type of visa issues and there are different categories of work visas for various job types, including specialty occupations (such as engineers and doctors), free trade agreement professionals, agricultural workers, educators, among others.
Why Work With An Immigration Attorney?
If you’re interested in working in the United States, you will be faced with the complex landscape of U.S immigration and work visas. The process can be overwhelming and daunting, but don’t let it scare you. Consulting a work visa lawyer will make the process much more seamless and easy for you. A work or employment attorney specializes in just that: helping non-residents and employers obtain the necessary documentation to obtain legal employment in the United States.
This category of attorneys understands the requirements and nuances of the U.S. immigration system and stay up-to-date with the latest changes in immigration law and regulation. They will provide you with accurate and reliable guidance throughout the application and interview process, greatly increasing your chances of securing a visa. The attorneys at The Saade Law Firm, P.A. understand each case is unique and treat it as such. Our experienced attorneys will create a personalized plan for you and be with you every step of the way.
As above mentioned, the immigration system in the United States is extremely complex, which is one of the main reasons why we recommend working with a seasoned attorney in the field. The rules and regulations surrounding work visas can be confusing and overwhelming, and any mistake (even seemingly small ones) could hinder your chances of obtaining the visa. But with an experienced attorney you have someone in your corner that understands the laws and processes and will help you prepare all the documentations and ensure they are accurate and submitted in a timely fashion. Their experience will also save you time, effort, and unnecessary stress by helping you understand the various legal requirements and eligibility criteria.
What Types of Work Visa Can I Apply For?
There are several different types of work visas and the type you will need depends on your qualifications, purpose of employment in the United States, occupation, and more. The visas are issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Common work visas include the H-1B, L-1, and O-1 visa, among others. Read on to learn about some of the visa types.
It is a nonimmigrant work visa allowing foreign workers with specialized skills to work in the United States for a specific time period. Usually. Occupations that qualify are typically in fields such as finance, technology, medicine, engineering, and architecture, among others. As per the USCIS, this visa is for “individuals who provide services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability.” To be eligible for an H-1B visa you must have a valid job offer from a U.S. employer for a role that requires specialty knowledge, proof of a bachelor’s degree of equivalent experience in the field, and your employer must prove that there is a lack of qualified U.S. applicants for the role.
The L-1 visa is another non immigrant category designated for intracompany transferees. It allows multinational companies to transfer employees from their foreign offices to the United States for a specified period of time. With an L-1 visa, international companies can transfer key personnel to the United States, allowing them to manage operations, oversee projects, and share knowledge while maintaining the company’s global presence.
The O-1 visa is granted to people with an extraordinary ability of achievement who have reached the top levels in the field. This can be in the arts, sciences, sports, business, education, film, and TV.
We know it can be overwhelming to embark on an immigration process by yourself, and we’re here to help. The attorneys at The Saade Law Firm, P.A. are your zealous advocates and a guiling hand through your immigration journey.