H-1B, L-1, R-1 Work Visa
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues specific types of work visas for foreign workers, subject to certain limitations. The Visa application process can be challenging, particularly if you do not understand which Visa is necessary for your line of work. The most typical are as follows:
- H1B Visa – this visa allows a non-immigrant worker to enter the United States only after their employer files labor condition application with the Department of Labor (DOL) and non-immigrant worker petition with USCIS. This petition will not be granted to a worker, only to their perspective employer. These Visas are limited to specialty workers.
- L1 Visa – in the case where a company has ties to a corporation in the United States, they may request a Visa for key employees who are in executive or managerial position or with special knowledge. The employees must meet specific requirements laid out by USCIS.
- R1 Visa – foreign nationals who are interested in temporary employment with a non-profit organization must apply for an R-1 Visa. Ministers, priests, monks, and other religious workers are among the group who may qualify for this Visa.
Since work Visas may be subject to certain caps and restrictions, it is a good idea to work with an immigration attorney who has experience dealing with both USCIS and DOL. At Liu & Associates Law Group, P. C. our practice is focused on immigration law. We have helped those across the United States and internationally with all their immigration needs from our New York offices.
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