United States work visas are special documents available for foreign nationals who want to work in the United States legally. They are required for all foreign nationals who are working in the United States, including Canadian citizens.
There is a long list of different types of United States work visas, and it may seem like there is a United States work visa or work permit for nearly every situation. Before you apply for a United States work visa of any kind, you need to determine which one is the right one for your own situation.
Different types of United States work visas
H1B work visa: This work visa is a specific work visa for use in specialty occupations that require a very high standard of education, skill and experience. Applicants for this visa need to have a job offer.
H2B work visa: This visa is similar to the H1B visa, but is for both unskilled and skilled workers who are engaging in temporary or seasonal work that is nonagricultural.
TN work visa: This visa is exclusively available to Canadian citizens who have a job offer in a professional occupation in the United States, such as doctors, lawyers and scientists.
E2 work visa: This visa is an investor visa that is available to business investors in the United States.
L1 work visa: Employees or business owners who are looking to expand an existing foreign business into the United States can apply for this work visa.
We are immigration lawyers serving the United States and Canada, and we have helped many foreign nationals including Canadian citizens work in the United States. Please contact us for an assessment of your case, and we can help you determine when and where to apply for your United States work visa of choice as well as ensure your application is ready for processing by an immigration officer.
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