How to Get a Visa to Work in the United States

If you want to work in the US, you will need to obtain a United States work visa. Which type of United States work visa you should apply for all depends on your personal circumstances, the type of work you do, what country you’re from and many other different factors. TN VIsa

For example, if you are a Canadian Citizen (or a citizen of Mexico) you can apply for a TN Visa under the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). If you are a Canadian citizen with an existing job offer in a designated profession on a temporary basis, and you’re qualified for that job, you may be eligible for a TN Visa. Some of the jobs applicable for a TN Visa include doctors, lawyers, dentists, pharmacists, chemists, geologists, scientists and other professionals.

TN visas are only available to citizens of Canada or Mexico, and permanent residents of Canada cannot apply for one.

If a TN visa doesn’t fit with your country of origin or your occupation, there are many other work visas for the United States, including:

L-1 Work Visas
E2 Work Visas
B-1 Business Visas
H-1B Specialty Occupation Visas
H-2B Non-Agricultural Workers Visas
E-1 Treaty Traders and E-2 Treaty Investor Visas
J-1 Visas for Education and Cultural Exchange

Each of these visas has a different purpose. For example, if you only want to visit the United States to conduct business and will not be actually working for or being paid by a United States employer, a B-1 Business Visitor Visa might be your best option. If you instead want to immigrate to the United States and have capital to invest in a new or existing United States business, an L-1 Visa could be the choice for you.

Do you need help applying for a United States work visa? Are you not sure which type of United States work visa is right for you? We can help.

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