You have been hired for a new job in the United States, and your employment relies on giving your employment visa application the best possible chance for approval. One of the most important steps to take when preparing your application is collecting the documents necessary to confirm your identity and your eligibility for receiving a visa.

What documents do employment visa applicants need to present?

According to The Bureau of Consular Affairs, applicants for employment-based visas should prepare a variety of documents to present during the visa application process. Generally, these documents include:

  • A completed immigrant visa application
  • Passport that will be valid for at least six months after the applicant enters the countrywh
  • Two passport photographs
  • Original copies or certified copies of civil documents like birth certificates
  • Medical examination forms, provided by a panel physician after your medical examination
  • Financial documentation to show that you can support yourself in the United States

For some civil documents, you may need to provide a translation. This includes birth certificates, marriage certificates or divorce records. It is usually best to prepare these translations in advance to avoid undue delays.

Preparing a visa application can be a complex process, and you may benefit from speaking to an experienced immigration attorney. They can guide you through the application process, review your paperwork to ensure that you have the documentation you need and help give your application a stronger chance of approval.