Temporary USA work visa categories may seem like a cryptic coded alphabet but are actually named according to the letters and numbers in the US Immigration & Nationality Act which defines them (e.g. B-1, H-1B, L-1, etc.). US Visa Solutions can help you navigate each category and ensure you are applying for the visa that is most appropriate for your or your employee’s goals and circumstances.
A temporary US working visa allow a person to work in the USA for a limited period for a particular employer. In most cases, a US temporary working visa must involve a US employer or a foreign employer with a US office to sponsor a foreign worker for a visa.
If you have a job offer from a US employer, please call our office at +44 (0)20 7092 6830 to book an initial consultation. If you do not have a job offer from a US employer please click on the links below for more information regarding the general requirements for the most common USA work visa categories. US Visa Solutions does not provide advice on how to find employment in the US.
If you do not have a US job offer but would still like to have a consultation to discuss the general requirements for US work visas, please call our office at +44 (0)20 7092 6830 to book an initial consultation.
Qualifying for a Temporary US Work Visa
As indicated above, the key issue for a person who wishes to work temporarily in the United States is to find an employer to sponsor him or her for a USA temporary working visa. In most cases, without an employer to sponsor a person for a visa it will be impossible to proceed with a US temporary work visa application.
The requirements of temporary USA work visas are very different for each category and often a person may theoretically meet the requirements of one or more category depending on his or her personal circumstances. The United States has structured its US work visa categories in order to allow the best and brightest in the world to work in America. In general, a person will need to a professional with at least the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in a specific field or have many years of work experience in their field or working with the products of a specific company. There are some categories that do allow for lower skilled workers to work in the United States, for example, during a peak season or for employers who must meet a temporary demand.
Deciding which US visa is the best way forward will depend on many factors. For example, while all USA temporary work visas will allow the principal visa holder’s spouse and children to apply for dependent visas, the spouse may only work under certain visa categories. It may be a priority that a person’s spouse be able to work in the US so one visa category would be chosen over another which does not allow the spouse to work.
Below is a list of the most commonly used USA temporary work visa categories. Please click on each category to find out more about each type of visa:
- B1/B2 Visitor for Business or Tourism
- E-1 Treaty Trader
- E-2 Treaty Investor
- H-1B Professional Specialty Worker
- H-2A/H-2B Temporary Worker
- I Journalists and Members of the Media
- J-1 Trainee, Intern or Specialist
- L-1A/L-1B Intra-Company Transferee
- O-1 Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
- P-1 Performer
- R-1 Religious Worker