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What Types of Non-Immigrant Worker Visas Are Available?
The range of available non-immigrant work visas include:
- B-1: Temporary Visitor for Business
- E-3: Visas for Australian Citizens
- NAFTA Treaty Occupations
- H-1B Visas/H-1B1
- J-1 Waivers
- L-1A /L-1B Visas
- O-1 Visas
- P-1 Visas
This is a temporary visitor for business visa. KTC attorneys have extensive experience in helping multiple clients (including but not limited to executives and managers of foreign corporations and individual investors secure temporary B-1 visas) enter the US for temporary business related activities.
The activities allowed under this category can include:
- Business meeting with associates regarding ongoing or future business or investment
- Attend or present at conferences or Seminars
- Enter to receive or conduct training for employees or associates in the US
- Engage in commercial transactions that do not involve gainful employment in the US (i.e., a merchant who takes orders for goods manufactured abroad).
- Negotiate contracts.
- Participate in ongoing litigation.
- Settle an estate.
Essentially the same as H-1B, these visas are reserved for specialized knowledge employees who are Australian citizens.
TN nonimmigrant visa allows professionals from Canada and Mexico to work in the United States for an initial period of up to three years. Spouses and children of TN professionals may receive TD designation and are allowed to stay in the United States as long as their TN relative.
H-1B Visa Lawyers
The H-1B visa has become a cornerstone for U.S. employers to onboard specialized talent from across the globe. Introduced in 1990, this visa program enables U.S. companies to bridge talent gaps by hiring foreign nationals with unique expertise. Whether it’s an engineer, software developer, or any other specialized professional, the H-1B visa offers a pathway to work in the U.S. for up to six years.
The H-1B visa is applicable to positions requiring a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in specialized fields. The application process mandates proof of the candidate’s qualifications and the job’s unique requirements. The U.S. Department of Labor guidelines are focused on ensuring that hiring H-1B workers neither adversely impacts U.S. workers nor subjects foreign nationals to exploitation.
H-1B1 is similar to the above but is only available to citizens of Singapore and Chile.
Securing an H-1B visa involves multiple steps, including a requirement that a U.S. employer sponsor the visa. Thereafter, documentation must be gathered, and the employer must file an H-1B petition with critical information, including information about prevailing wages and salaries and marketplace conditions for the job. The entire process can be intricate, requiring the need for an experienced H-1B lawyer.
We help businesses understand these requirements so that the appropriate documentation can be filed at the outset based upon the associated requirements. Our goal is to streamline this process to the extent possible to minimize potential delays, and to obtain the desired business outcomes.
The J-1 nonimmigrant visa classification is for exchange visitors who come to the United States to participate in an exchange visitor program administered by the U.S. Department of State. There are different programs within the J-1 category, including trainees, college or university students, secondary school students, professors and research scholars, short-term scholars, specialists, foreign medical graduates, international and government visitors, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs, and summer work / travel students.
Because J-1 visa classification incorporates a number of different categories of visitors, the specific requirements may differ. However, the requirements common to all programs are as follows:
- Ability to demonstrate that one has a residence in a foreign country that s/he has no intention of abandoning
- A Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (Form DS-2019) obtained from the program sponsor
Immigration Options for Extremely Qualified Individuals – Our Experience
KTC has successfully secured a number of EB-1; NIW and O-1 petitions for numerous clients in the past. Over the years, KTC has a team of attorneys and paralegals supported by a team of technical writers and independent experts to support our work.
KTC attorneys develop creative solutions to complex problems to ensure our clients’ immigration needs are successfully met.
Our skilled team of seasoned EB-1 immigration lawyers works closely with you to prepare a petition that reflects how your achievements meet the exacting standards required by USCIS adjudicators. Our process includes:
- Detailed review of your Resume/CV along with publicly available information on you and your achievements
- We assist your referees in framing your achievements in terms a layperson will understand.
- Our team will work to gather all available evidence and expert analysis (when required) to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.