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.
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.
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.