Temporary Work Visa Lawyer in San Francisco
Any individual who is a citizen of another country and wishes to live or work in the U.S. must obtain either an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, depending on how long they wish to stay in the country. Temporary work visas are meant for those who are planning on entering the United States for a fixed period of time for a job. These temporary visas require the employer to file a petition with the USCIS. Once this petition is approved, the visa may be obtained by the non-citizen worker.
To learn if you are eligible, contact Harrison Law Office, P.C. for a free consultation.
Categories of Temporary Work Visas
Depending on your proposed work, you may be eligible for one of a variety of temporary work visas. These include:
- H-1B for Person in Specialty Occupations: This category of visa requires the applicant to have a bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or have distinguished merit in their particular field. Workers that generally qualify for H-1B visas include, but are not limited to, those in the science, computer, or engineering fields.
- H-1B1, Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional from Chile or Singapore: As with the H-1B visa, this category also applies to those in specialty occupations. It generally requires that a worker holds a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. The H-1B1 visa is limited to 5,400 Singapore nationals and 1,400 nations of Chile. It is also limited to jobs lasting for up to one year, although it can be extended up to two times.
- H-2A for Temporary Agricultural Workers: This visa is specifically for those looking for seasonal farm work. It is limited to citizens of specific countries, with some exceptions.
- H-2B for Temporary Non Agricultural Workers: The H-2B visa is like the H-2A visa, but is meant for those seeking seasonal work not in the agricultural industry. This category is similarly limited to specific countries, with some exceptions, if it is deemed that granting the visa would be in the best interest of the U.S.
- H-3 for Trainees or Special Education Visitors: This visa category is for those seeking training to teach children with disabilities that is not available in their country of origin. It does not apply to those seeking academic or medical training.
- L Visas for Intracompany Transferees: Workers seeking a job in a U.S. branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of the company they work for in their home country must be employed in a position that requires specific knowledge or work as a manger or executive. The worker must also have been employed by the same company in their country or origin for one year within the last three years.
- Visas for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement: O visas are for those who have recognized achievements and/or extraordinary abilities in the sciences, education, the arts, business, motion pictures, or television production, and those who support such individuals.
- P-1 for Athletes, Athletic Teams, or Members of an Entertainment Group: This visa is for those seeking to participate in a competition in the U.S. as an athlete or as part of an entertainment group. Those seeking this visa category should be internationally recognized in their field or are in a support position to provide essential service to the recognized individual.
- P-2 for Artists or Entertainers: For internationally recognized entertainers and artists who seek to perform in the U.S. as part of an exchange program with a similar program in the artists’ home country. This visa category also applies to those who provide essential support services to the entertainer or artist.
- P-3 for Individual or Group Artists or Entertainers: Like the P-2 visa category, a P-3 visa is specific to entertainers and artists who want to come to the U.S. to teach or perform a cultural or traditional play, musical composition, folk tradition, or other artistic performance, and those who provide essential service to support those performers.
- Q-1 for Participants in International Cultural Exchange Programs: For those seeking to participate in an international cultural exchange to train others or share the culture, history, and/or traditions of their home nations.
- TN Visas: Under this category, Mexican and Canadian professionals can seek temporary work in the U.S.
Assistance with the Temporary Work Visa Process
Temporary work visas have strict eligibility requirements, which is one of the many reasons working with an attorney throughout the legal process is important. Harrison Law Office, P.C. assists employers and potential employees apply for visas.