Work Visa Types for the United States

Many Canadian citizens and other foreign nationals ask us if it is possible for them to work in the United States. The answer is yes! Foreign nationals or Canadian citizens may work in the United States if they have secured the right United States work visa. In fact, this process can be faster for Canadian citizens because of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which allows for certain visas to be applied for at the border instead of by mail. Types of United States Work Visas

However, obtaining a work visa for the United States is not easy. You need to be sure that you apply for the right type of visa and that you are eligible for that visa in the first place.

Different work visas available for the United States

E2 Work Visa: Someone can get this investor visa whenever they invest in the USA. Unlike buying a home, the investment should be made in an active business that will generate a profit.

TN Work Visa: This visa is just for Canadian citizens or people of Mexico. It can be a great visa option because you can apply for it with the border instead of submitting your application by mail. Applicants need to have an offer of employment in the USA in a specific job category.

L1 Work Visa: This visa is good for employees already working with companies outside of the United States who are opening up a brand new office in the USA or who are moving employees to a US branch.

H1B Work Visa: This visa with is for applicants with a employment offer in the USA in a “specialty” occupation which is an occupation that will requite a high level of skill or education.

H2B Work Visa: This visa resembles the H1B work visa, but is meant for skilled or unskilled workers in non-agricultural industries. These jobs are very temporary or seasonal.

These are just some of the options available if you want to work in the United States. A licensed immigration lawyer can help you determine which of these visas is best for you and your personal work situation. Contact us today at the number above and we will be happy to help.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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