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Options for Bringing Foreign Talent to the United States

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"As the world becomes more and more interconnected, the US immigration law has also expanded to offer various pathways for foreign workers who can contribute to the development of America’s businesses, art, academics, athletics and entertainment. There are many ways to encourage the immigration of foreign talent to the US."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Jun 6, 2021
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As the world becomes more and more interconnected, the US immigration law has also expanded to offer various pathways for foreign workers who can contribute to the development of America’s businesses, art, academics, athletics and entertainment. There are many ways to encourage the immigration of foreign talent to the US.

Here Are the Visa Categories to Bring Foreign Talent to the US

O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visa: 

As the name suggests, the O-1 Visa Category is for foreign workers with extraordinary abilities in arts, sports, business, education, or the sciences. O-1 Visa holders can apply for permanent residency in the US through a Green Card, Permanent Resident Card based on extraordinary ability or stay temporarily in the US on an O-1 or P Visa. The applicant must demonstrate domestic or international recognition in their area of work with the help of extensive documentation. 

H-1B Visa: 

The H-1B Visa is the most common and popular type of nonimmigrant employment-based visa. It helps US employers hire necessary foreign talent in different fields like information technology, engineering and academic research, etc. This visa also allows dual intent, meaning that applicants can eventually apply to adjust their status to permanent residence without losing their current status.

L-1 Visas: 

The L-1 Visas allows the transfer of certain senior managers, executives or employees with specialized knowledge to the US office for some time. The L-1 Visa is used by companies with a branch, affiliate or subsidiary in the US. 

Multinational companies can transfer their existing employees with in-depth knowledge of their business operations to a newly established office in the US. Beneficiaries of this visa may eventually apply for lawful permanent residence in the US. 

EB-5 Investor Visa: 

The EB-5 Visa allows international entrepreneurs and investors to immigrate to the US by making a minimum required investment in establishing a business in the US. Applicants will be required to invest at least $1.8million to establish a business in the US with the potential to create employment for at least 10 US workers.

If the business is to be established in a Targeted Employment Area (TEA), then an investment of $90,000 will be required. A TEA is a rural area with an unemployment rate of at least 150% of the national average. It is a popular way for international entrepreneurs to set up or expand their business in the US and contribute to the development of the US economy by the way of employment creation.

E-1 Treaty Visa: 

The US offers the E-1 Visa for foreign nationals or international businesses involved in the exchange, purchase or sale of goods and services or merchandise temporarily. It is a treaty visa, meaning that only applicants from countries that have a trade agreement with the US are eligible to apply for this visa category. To be eligible for this visa, the applicant must be a senior executive, manager or specialist in a business operating in the US and own at least 50% of that business. The volume of trade between the two countries must be at 50%. Trade can be a form of both tangible and intangible items. The applicant must leave the country once their visa expires. 

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