An Insight On Temporary Work Visas Required In US

Like most countries, any foreign person who wants to enter the US requires a visa. USA visa requirements state that for those looking for a permanent residence need an immigrant visa and for a temporary stay a non-immigrant visa. A work visa USA is required by anyone who wants to enter the country for temporary work. A Work Visa is not for a permanent stay or indefinite stay. Its validity lasts for a fixed time period. Furthermore, the prospective employer of the applicant has to submit a petition before the visa can be applied. The request is filed for approval to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The category of visa required for work travel in the United States depends upon the education level and occupation of the person. A detailed list is given below for better understanding.

Who can apply for the category? Visa Category
Requires a higher education degree or its equivalent. Inclusive of fashion models, government-to-government research and development, or co-production projects administered by the Department of Defence. H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation
Not a petition-based visa but requires a post-secondary degree involving at least four years of study in the field of specialization. H-1B1 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional in Chile or Singapore
Restricted to citizens of designated countries, with limited exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest. H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker
Limited to nationals of designated countries, with restricted exceptions, if determined to be in the United States interest. H-2B Temporary Non-agricultural Worker
Training that is not available in the applicant’s home country. Practical training programs in the education of children with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities. H-3 Trainee or Special Education visitor
To work for a current employer in a managerial or executive capacity at a branch, parent, affiliate, or subsidiary. The position can also be one requiring specialized knowledge. The person must have been employed by the same firm abroad continuously for 1 year within the 3 preceding years. L Intracompany Transferee
Fields of sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, motion picture and television are considered. Achievement is demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim. Persons providing essential services in support of the above individual are included. O Individual with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
Requires an internationally documented level of sustained performance. Essential support services personnel are included. P-1 Individual or Team Athlete, or Member of an Entertainment Group
A person in a reciprocal exchange program between a group in the United States and an association in another country. Inclusive of people who offer essential support services to the said individual. P-2 Artist or Entertainer, both for Individual or Groups
To perform, teach or coach under a program that is culturally unique. Includes traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performances and presentations. P-3 Artist or Entertainer can be Individual or Group
For practical training, employment or sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of a home country via participation in an international cultural exchange program. Q-1 Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program

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