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How can an immigrant qualify to work in the United States?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2022 | immigration law

If you want to hire a person from another country to work in the United States, you have several options.

The federal government offers four different types of work visas for immigrants. The type of visa a worker applies for depends on their situation.

Student visitors

Visitors can work if they are present in the country on a student visa. A person enrolled in an academic, vocational or work-study type program can get a non-immigrant student visa. This program for students has limitations on where the person can work.

Limited purpose visitors

If a foreigner seeks to conduct business in the United States for a short duration, they can apply for a temporary visa for a business visit. This type of permission for entry is usually limited to a one to six-month time frame.

Temporary non-immigrant workers

Multiple temporary visas are available for persons who wish to work in the United States temporarily. These visas have a maximum initial duration of three years. Examples of persons seeking temporary work visas are seasonal workers and persons in academia.

Permanent workers

Some workers can qualify for a permanent visa to work in the United States. The government limits this designation to a certain number of applicants per year. Persons with exceptional qualifications in their field of business or those who make a significant investment in economic development can qualify for this type of visa.

You can hire workers from outside the United States by having them apply for the appropriate visa to come to work.