Employment-based Non-permanent Residents Nonimmigrant Visas
United States immigration law states that all foreign citizens interested in working temporarily in the country must obtain a nonimmigrant visa. Additionally, most temporary nonimmigrant workers must have a U.S. employer file a nonimmigrant petition on their behalf through the USCIS employment-based immigration process. There are a number of temporary work visa categories under which foreign nationals can apply.
This visa category is for individuals in specialty occupations and requires applicants to have a highly specialized knowledge of a certain field or completion of a specific course of higher education.
Seasonal or temporary agricultural workers must apply for H-2A visas.
Temporary or seasonal workers not working in the agricultural sector will apply for H-2B visas.
This classification is for foreign citizens who will receive training in the United States for purposes other than medical or academic education.
Representatives of foreign media, press, radio or film qualify for I visas.
In order to qualify, intra-company transferee applicants must have worked abroad continuously for one year and will be employed by a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of the same employer in the U.S..
O-1 visas are reserved for individuals with extraordinary abilities in sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Anyone accompanying an O-1 visa holder to assist them must apply for O-2 visas.
Internationally recognized athletes or members of internationally recognized entertainment groups qualify for P-1 classification.
Individual artists or entertainers who perform under a reciprocal exchange program must apply for P-2 visas.
P-3 visas are reserved for artists, entertainers and performers who are involved in the production of a program that is culturally unique.
Anyone participating in an international cultural exchange program that is designed to provide practical training and employment or historical, cultural, and traditional education in the U.S. can apply.
R-1 visas are for religious workers of any denomination.