Thousands of skilled workers all over the world seek to immigrate to the United States for better job opportunities and a higher standard of life.
Based on your skills and experience, financial resources and purpose for immigrating, the US government offers several immigration pathways for foreign workers.
To ensure that you work in the US with legal status; here is a guide to some US visa programs available to foreign workers.
How Can You Work in the United States Legally?
Obtain a Job Offer from an US Employer
The first step is to successfully obtain an offer of employment from a designated US-based employer. The US employer will file a petition on your behalf for your work authorization. The following visa programs are available for foreign workers:
The H-1B Visa is a nonimmigrant visa (for temporary residence) and one of the most popular immigration visas for foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge. This implies that you cannot just work in any occupation, your work must require a high skill level and knowledge of your field. See our H-1B Visa Business Plan service.
The TN Visa is a nonimmigrant visa for the citizens of Mexico and Canada with a valid job offer from a US employer. This is the fastest way to get a US work visa.
The R-1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa for religious workers who wish to work for a religious organization in the US. The organization must be registered as a nonprofit and be linked to a US religious denomination or a religious group with tax exemption.
The O-1 Visa Category is a group of nonimmigrant work visas for foreign workers with extraordinary talent in the arts, science, business, academics or athletics or with popularity in the motion picture and television industry domestically and internationally. This is also for their immediate accompanying family members, staff, self-employed, practitioners and for practitioners with remarkable reputations. See our O-1 Visa Business Plan service.