A work visa allows you to work in the US generally for one employer anywhere in the US. There are a wide range of work visa options which each have their own requirements. As a general rule, you’ll need to be a professional with work experience in your field in order to qualify for a work visa. There also needs to be a US business that is set up where you will go to work.
One of the popular visa types especially for Israelis is the E-2 work visa. Under an Israeli passport, this visa is given for two years to investors and their employers. The investor sets up or buys a business in the US and invests their money into the business. Under this visa, you can go to work in the US for this business along with your spouse and minor children. Your spouse will even be able to work during this period.
The wide range of work visa types that we handle include:
Our law firm holds a meeting to see your professional background and current company structure and your goals to find the best visa options. We also look at timeframe of when you would like to move, your spouse’s plans and what would be best for your family. By having a holistic approach we find creative ways to allow you to fulfill as many of your goals and build a successful business in the US.
A Work Visa to the US is a document that allows foreign nationals to live and work work in the United States in a specific job, and for a specific period of time – after which they have to return to their home countries. The particular type of Work Visa to the US required for an applicant depends on various factors, such as the nature of the job, the duration of stay and the qualifications of the applicant. Most of the Work Visas to the US are “Employer-based”, which means that they can only be obtained through a specific job offer from an American employer, agent or sponsor. In this article, attorney Michael Decker elaborates on the main types of Work Visa to the US.
No. Work Visas are a part of the non-immigrant visa track, and are meant for individuals planning to stay in the United States temporarily for specific purposes, such as tourism, business, education or temporary work assignments. Non-immigrant visas do not generally grant permanent residency or a path to citizenship. Most Work Visa types to the US allow you to bring your spouse and unmarried children less than 21 years of age to the country as dependents, and spouses are usually even granted a work authorization.
The different visas described below are all “Employer-based”, which means they can only be obtained through a specific job offer from an American employer, agent or sponsor. In this arrangement, the employer is responsible for sponsoring and supporting the visa application process on behalf of the employee, and files a petition with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS often grants Work Visa to the US in order to meet skill shortages or other specific labor demands in the country. The employer has to show there are no suitable candidates locally, and justify the need for hiring a foreign worker. In some cases, before hiring workers, the employer must first apply for a temporary labor certification from the US Department of Labor. This certification is valid for 6 months and allows the employer to hire the foreign worker for a period of up to one year. The certificate verifies that there are no willing, able, and qualified American workers for the job.
If the employer’s petition is approved by USCIS, it is later sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). Once received, the NVC will issue a case number for the petition, and transfer the case to a US embassy or consulate for additional check-ups of the foreign applicant. Once the visa is granted, the employee is usually affiliated to the sponsoring employer for the duration of the visa, and changing employers may require additional visa processes.
There are several types of Work Visa to the US that allow individuals to work legally. Some of the more frequent work visas include:
The US immigration system is complex and ever-changing, so it is important to consult with an immigration lawyer if you are thinking to apply for a work visa. An experienced lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the system can help you understand the requirements for the visa you are interested in, gather the necessary documentation and file the application correctly to avoid problems.
Decker, Pex, Levi, a reputable law firm with branches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specializes in US immigration laws and has a dedicated US immigration team to assist you with your Work Visa to the US application. We will be happy to be at your service and assist you in everything related to the issue. You are more than welcome to contact us using the phone number or email address listed below.
The article was written in collaboration with attorney Adam Jonsson.