It can get confusing when you see all the different types of employment-based visas the United States offers. Here is a brief overview of some of the most important immigrant and non-immigrant visas based on employment for people looking to come to Atlanta to work.
This is the visa for people who work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree. An H-1B visa lasts for up to three years and can be extended for up to three more years. The employer must show that hiring a foreign national will not harm the wages or working conditions of U.S. workers.
This visa is for investors who are from certain countries that have treaties with the U.S. and wish to come to this country to invest in a business. To qualify, the investor must put substantial money into the business and develop and direct it.
When international companies want to transfer an employee to a U.S.-based location, they might apply for an L-1 visa. The employee must be an executive or manager or have specialized knowledge. The employee must also have worked at their employer’s non-U.S. location for at least one of the previous three years as a manager or executive.
The O-1 visa is reserved for people with “extraordinary ability” in one of these fields: business, the arts, sports, education, or science. To prove they have “extraordinary ability,” the person must show they are well-known nationally or internationally in their field. They must be coming to the U.S. temporarily to continue their work.
To find out which type of employment-based visa is right for you, consult an immigration attorney.