If you’ve been dreaming of working in the United States, there are a number of different paths you can take depending upon your qualifications and your background. The following is a list and brief description of some of the various nonimmigrant visas that can allow foreign workers to seek employment in the USA.
Nonimmigrant USA Work Visas
|B-1 Temporary Business Visitor||Allows foreign visitors to participate in limited business activities of a commercial/professional nature in the US.|
|CW-1 Transitional Worker||Allows employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to seek permission to employ aliens who are not otherwise eligible under other categories.|
|E-1 Treaty Trader||Allows nationals of countries the US shares treaty agreements with to be admitted to the US to engage in international trade.|
|E-2 Treaty Investor||Allows nationals of countries the US shares treaty agreements with to be admitted to the US when investing substantial capital in a US business.|
|E-3 Specialty Worker from Australia||Allows nationals from Australia to be admitted to the US for highly specialized occupations.|
|F-1 OPT Participant||Allows F-1 visa holders to participate in Optional Practical Training for up to 12 to 36 months.|
|H-1B Specialty Occupation Worker||Allows nationals to be admitted to the US to work in specialty occupations.|
|H-2A Agricultural Worker||Allows certain employers to bring foreign workers into the US temporarily for agricultural positions.|
|H-2B Non-Agricultural Worker||Allows certain employers to bring foreign workers into the US temporarily for for non-agricultural positions.|
|H-3A Nonimmigrant Trainee or Exchange Visitor||Allows noncitizens to be temporarily admitted to the US for specialized training not available in their country.|
|I Representative of Foreign Media||Allows certain representatives of foreign media outlets to enter the US for professional work.|
|J-1 Exchange Visitor||Allows nonimmigrants to participate in work or study-based exchange visitor programs.|
|L-1A Intracompany Transferee Executive/Manager||Allows US employers to transfer executives/managers from affiliated foreign offices to US offices.|
|L-1B Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge||Allows US employers to transfer employees with specialized knowledge from affiliated foreign offices to US offices.|
|O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement||For foreign nationals with demonstrated extraordinary ability in arts, science, athletics, or education.|
|P-1A Athlete||Allows athletes to enter the US specifically to perform in an athletic competition.|
|P-1B Member of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group||For members of internationally recognized entertainment groups performing in the US.|
|P-2 Performer or Group Under Reciprocal Exchange Program||For artists entering the US through a government-recognized reciprocal exchange program.|
|P-3 Artist or Entertainer as Part of a Culturally Unique Program||For temporary performance, teaching, or coaching under a program that is culturally unique.|
|Q-1 Cultural Exchange Participant||For participants in international cultural exchange programs designated by the Department of Homeland Security.|
|R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker||Allows those in religious vocations to enter the US temporarily for religious work.|
|TN NAFTA Professionals||Allows qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary admittance to the US for business activities.|
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