The strength of the American economy and the range of opportunities make the United States especially attractive to workers from around the world. While the government welcomes professionals in a variety of fields, anyone hoping to obtain employment within the US must first obtain a specialized visa; a sometimes lengthy and complicated process. Below are a few things every hopeful applicant should understand about obtaining a visa.
What You Should Know About Work Visas
Most Applicants Will Need Sponsorship
For the vast majority of visas, applicants will need sponsorship from a US employer before beginning the process. This means you will have to apply for a specific job, go through the interview process, and be offered the position by a US employer willing to sponsor your application through the process. However, bear in mind that immigration law may require them to consider applications from US citizens as well, and to hire one of them instead if they find an equally qualified applicant.
Most Visas Are Designed for Highly Skilled Applicants
Unfortunately, nearly all of the long-term visa classes are reserved for professionals with skills American companies need. While H-2A and H-2B visas do allow seasonal and agricultural workers to work in the United States, these authorizations are only temporary.
Student or Exchange Visas May Be a Viable Option
Those who do not qualify for long-term employment authorization under any of the current programs may consider applying for F-1 student visa or a J-1 exchange program visa. These programs provide applicants with opportunities allowing them to qualify for long-term work authorization later.
You Will Need an Attorney
The US immigration system is highly complex, with each visa category requiring different pieces of evidence and documentation. Having a skilled immigration attorney guide you through the process will help prevent common mistakes and ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.
Whether you’re applying for a temporary work visa or hoping to immigrate into the US, the Law Office of Carmen DiAmore-Siah in Honolulu has the expertise to provide the effective legal advice you need. With more than 20 years of experience and translators working in a variety of languages, they’re equipped to help clients from across the world. For more insight into the immigration system, call (808) 531-2277 or visit them online to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.