Temporary work visas
As a rule, a citizen of a foreign state who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, whether nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Temporary work visas are for individuals who want to enter the United States for a certain period of time and are not considered as permanent or perpetual. Each of these visas requires a potential employer first to file a petition for the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). An approved petition is required to get a work visa.
|H-1B: Highly qualified professionals||Work in high-class specialty. Requires higher education or its equivalent.|
|H-2A: Temporary farm worker||For temporary or seasonal agricultural work.|
|H-2B: Temporary worker of non-agrarian sector||For temporary or seasonal work that is not related to the agrarian sector.|
|H-1C: Qualified nurses||For foreign nurses who arrive in the United States temporarily to provide services as a registered nurse with a shortage of healthcare professionals (closed since 2009)|
|H-3: Trainee or visitor of a special educational institution||Obtain an education except medical and higher education that is not available in the country of residence or undergo an internship in a special institution for children with mental, physical or emotional disorders.|
|L: Transfer of an employee within the company||
Work at the affiliate of the parent or subsidiary company of the current employer on superior or executive positions or in a position requiring special knowledge.
Work experience in one and the same employer abroad continuously for one year during previous three years.
|A: Foreigners with extraordinary abilities or achievements||For people with outstanding abilities or achievements in science, art, education, business, sports or achievements in the field of cinema or television (the visa holder is required to work only by a specialty).|
|P-1: Sportsmen or members of a sports team or participants of entertaining groups.||Foreigners participating in certain sporting events as athletes or members of the entertaining group (also for persons providing technical services).|
|P-2: People of art or show artists (individually or as members of a group)||For a work within a mutual exchange program between an organization in the United States and an organization in another country (also for those providing technical services).|
|P-3: People of art or show artists (individually or as members of a group)||Within the framework of teaching or training by a program that is unique in cultural terms or ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical or artistic performance or presentation (also for persons providing technical services).|
|Q-1: Participants of the international cultural exchange program||For practical training and employment, as well as for the exchange of the history, culture and traditions of the country from which the foreigner arrived through participation in the international cultural exchange program.|
Warning! Some temporary categories of work visas require your potential employer receive a job certificate or other approval from the Ministry of Labor on your behalf before filing a petition for a nonimmigrant worker, Form I-129, in USCIS.
Warning! Some categories of temporary workers are limited by quotas. Before you can apply for a temporary work visa at the US Embassy or Consulate, a petition for a nonimmigrant worker, Form I-129 (link), must be filed on your behalf by a potential employer and approved by USCIS.
After USCIS approves a petition for an employee who is not an immigrant (Form I-129), you can apply for a visa.
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