Besides a great country to travel, US is also a popular country to work. People from all over the world want to work in the U.S because of the high salaries and good working environments. People who want to enter the United States for employment lasting a fixed period of time must apply for a temporary worker visa. Each of these visas requires the prospective employer to first file a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). An approved petition is required to apply for a work visa. Below information mention to the temporary worker visa only.
TYPES OF WORKER VISA
There are many types of temporary worker visas:
H-1B: Person in Specialty Occupation
To work in a specialty occupation. Requires a higher education degree or its equivalent. Includes fashion models of distinguished merit and ability and government-to-government research and development, or co-production projects administered by the Department of Defense.
H-1B1: Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional
To work in a specialty occupation. Requires a post-secondary degree involving at least four years of study in the field of specialization.
H-2A: Temporary Agricultural Worker
For temporary or seasonal agricultural work. Limited to citizens or nationals of designated countries, with limited exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest.
H-2B: Temporary Non-agricultural Worker
For temporary or seasonal non- agricultural work. Limited to citizens or nationals of designated countries, with limited exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest.
H-3: Trainee or Special Education visitor
To receive training, other than graduate medical or academic, that is not available in the trainee’s home country or practical training programs in the education of children with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities.
L: Intracompany Transferee
To work at a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary of the current employer in a managerial or executive capacity, or in a position requiring specialized knowledge. Individual must have been employed by the same employer abroad continuously for 1 year within the three preceding years.
O: Individual with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
For persons with extraordinary ability or achievement in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or extraordinary recognized achievements in the motion picture and television fields, demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim, to work in their field of expertise. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.
P-1: Individual or Team Athlete, or Member of an Entertainment Group
To perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete or as a member of an entertainment group. Requires an internationally recognized level of sustained performance. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.
P-2: Artist or Entertainer (Individual or Group)
For performance under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the United States and an organization in another country. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.
P-3: Artist or Entertainer (Individual or Group)
To perform, teach or coach under a program that is culturally unique or a traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.
Q-1: Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program
For practical training and employment and for sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of your home country through participation in an international cultural exchange program.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A WORKER VISA
Step 1: Complete The Online Visa Application
Complete the form DS-160, print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.
Step 2: Schedule an Interview
While interviews are generally not required for applicants of certain ages outlined below, consular officers have the discretion to require an interview of any applicant, regardless of age.
Step 3: Prepare for your Interview
Fees – Pay the non-refundable visa application fee, if you are required to pay it before your interview.
Step 4: Attend your Visa Interview
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel.
Step 5: Wait for Visa Decision
REQUIREMENTS OF WORKER VISA
You should prepare the following documents before the your visa interview:
- Passport valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements).
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page.
- Application fee payment receipt
- Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160.
- Receipt Number for your approved petition as it appears on your Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, or Notice of Action, Form I-797, from USCIS.
- L Visa Applicants – If you are included in an L blanket petition, you must bring Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, to your interview.
- A residence abroad which you do not intend to abandon
- Your family relationships
- Your economic situation
- Your long term plans
TEMPORARY WORKER VISA FEES
The fee for this type of visas is $190 .
HOW LONG TO TAKE A US TEMPORARY WORK VISA
The processing time of US temporary work visa vary depeding on the type of visas is about 60 days to 120 days.