If you want to live and work in the United States, you’ll need to apply for one of several different visas that permit you to do so, depending on your situation. This guide will walk you through applying for each type of visa, step by step. The first step of any USA work visa application process is to determine whether or not you are eligible based on the visa requirements listed in the U.S Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual (22 CFR 42). If you meet these requirements, continue reading; if not, contact an immigration attorney and ask them to help you find an alternative visa option.
What is a US work visa?
For those of you who don’t know, a US work visa is an official document issued by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that allows you to come and work in America. Below is our quick guide on how to apply for one. Because there are many different kinds of visas -– H1B, TN, O-1 etc., it may be difficult for some people to get their foot through all bureaucratic doors.
What are the typical steps to get a US work visa?
The process of applying for a US work visa can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s an overview of what you need and where you should start. There are five common ways people obtain work visas in America, and it is important that you know what these methods are before you begin your application. Knowing which type of visa is required by your employer will help guide which application process is appropriate for your situation. There are two different processes: consular processing and adjustment of status.
Step 1: Determine which type of US work visa you can apply for
The H-1B visa, also known as an employment-based nonimmigrant visa, is used by companies looking to hire foreign workers who have specialized skills. There are three subcategories: The H-1B specialty occupation requires that applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in their field. The bachelor’s degree requirement may be waived if they can prove at least five years of relevant work experience in their profession.
Step 2: Gather documents
To apply for any visa, you will need to submit documentation that supports your application. This includes travel and financial records, job offers, tax forms and diplomas. In addition, if you have already accepted an offer of employment in America (which is required in most cases), you’ll need to submit evidence that you are leaving your current employer on good terms and not stealing away staff from your present company or client.
Step 3: Get your employer involved
If you are applying from outside of America, have your employer submit Form I-129 petition on your behalf. To do so, your employer must be either: An American company that can prove it regularly does business with other American companies, or; A foreign company that can prove it regularly does business with American companies.
Step 4: Submit your petition
After you have an approved petition, you will submit your petition at an embassy or consulate outside of United States. This will allow you to apply for your visa. If you are unable to do so in person due to scheduling conflicts, you may be able to file it through mail or fax service. Please consult with your sponsoring agency if unsure. In either case, make sure that you carefully follow all directions and procedures required by U.S. immigration authorities when applying for a work visa through an American Embassy or Consulate abroad!
Before applying for a work visa, applicants must ensure that they have what it takes. For starters, you need to be of legal age and have a valid passport. If you’re not an American citizen already, you also need a green card or permanent residency in order to apply for a work visa. You’ll also need some proof of financial stability.