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What type of Visas do Mexican nationals need to work in the USA?

Mountain View, CA |
Attorney answers 2


There are 5 main ways an individual can obtain residency and work authorization in the United States:

1. Sponsorship by an Employer
2. Investment
3. Sponsorship by a close Family Member in the United States
4. The Diversity Visa Lottery Program
5. Asylum & Refugee Status


Adding up to Mr. Radtke's answer:

- Regarding Sponsorship by an Employer, Mexican (and Canadian) nationals with a college degree of certain professions are eligible for TN status (based on NAFTA).

- Mexican nationals do not qualify to the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

- Regarding Asylum & Refugee Status cases, normally it is hard to prove persecution from Mexico.

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