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E-3 Australian Work Visa

E-3 visas are nonimmigrant visas issued to Australian nationals to perform work in specialty occupations. Examples of specialty occupations are: architects, computer professionals, dietitians, economists, engineers, lawyers and teachers.

To be eligible, you must have a higher education degree, or its equivalent, and a job offer from a U.S. employer. The more qualified and specialized you are, the easier it will for you to receive an E-3 visa.

H1-B Specialty Work

H1-B Specialty Work Visas are nonimmigrant visas issued for work in specialty occupations. Architects, computer professionals, dietitians, economists, engineers, lawyers and teachers are all examples of specialty occupations.

To be eligible, you must have a higher education degree, or its equivalent, and a job offer from a U.S. employer. However, if you do not have a degree but have acquired similar skills after working for several years in a specialty occupation, you may also be eligible. The more qualified and specialized you are, the easier it will for you to receive an H-1B work visa.

H1-B workers are eligible to apply for a U.S. green card.

H-2B Seasonal (Nonagricultural) Worker Visa

H2-B Seasonal Worker Visas are nonimmigrant visas offered for temporary, irregular, or seasonal work. Jobs that are needed on a “one-time” basis or to help a company during moments of heavy activity also qualify. To get an H-2B visa, the position cannot be in agriculture or farming. Working at a hotel during the busy summer season or helping in the construction of a single building project are both examples of jobs that will likely meet H-2B requirements. To be eligible for an H-2B visa you must also be a national of a qualifying country.

H-3 Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visa

H-3 Trainee or Special Education Exchange Visas are nonimmigrant visas that allow you to travel to the U.S. for training. The main goal of this visa is to receive training in the U.S. that you will later use in your home country. To qualify, the training cannot be available in your home country or related to graduate medical studies. During the application process, an immigration officer will ask you to show that you intend to return to your home country after the program is completed.

The Special Education Exchange Visitors program is for people who wish to receive educational training for children with physical, mental or emotional disabilities (special education). To be eligible for an H-3 visa of this type you must be currently studying for a degree in special education, have a degree in special education, or have years of experience teaching special education.

J-1 Temporary Exchange Program Visa

J-1 Temporary Exchange Program Visas are nonimmigrant visas that allow you to participate in a cultural exchange program in the U.S. To be eligible, you must have enough money to cover the costs of your trip, be able to afford medical insurance, and know basic English. The J-1 programs are:

  • Secondary school, college or university student
  • Camp counselor
  • Summer student in a travel/work program
  • Trainee or intern
  • Teacher
  • Nonacademic specialist
  • Professor, research or short-term scholar
  • Foreign physician
  • International or government visitor

L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa

L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Work Visas are nonimmigrant visas that allow people who work for international companies to transfer to a U.S. branch of their company. To be eligible, you must work in a managerial, executive or specialty occupation position. You are not eligible for this visa if you are self-employed.

O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visa

O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visas are nonimmigrant visas for individuals who possess great talent in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or the motion picture or television industry. Note that the terms “arts” also includes “culinary arts”, and essential personnel in the art field such as: directors, set designers, choreographers, orchestrators, coaches, arrangers, costume designers, make-up artists, state technicians and animal trainers.

To be eligible, you must be able to show you have been nationally or internationally recognized in your field with evidence such as awards or membership to a relevant professional organization.

R-1 Religious Worker Visa

R-1 Religious Worker Visas are issued for temporary employment as a minister or other religious occupation at a non-profit religious organization or an organization which is affiliated with a religion in the U.S.

To be eligible, you must be a minister or a religious worker. Learn more about

NAFTA Work Visa

Citizens of Canada and Mexico may be eligible for NAFTA Professional (TN) Nonimmigrant status if they work in a qualifying profession. TN status is very similar to H-1B status. To be eligible, you must have a higher education degree, or its equivalent, and a job offer from a U.S. employer. However, if you do not have a degree but have acquired similar skills after working for several years in a specialty occupation, you may also be eligible.



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