How can I apply to work in the United States?
There is no such thing as a stand-alone work permit. You must either have an employment offer from an employer willing to sponsor your green card or an employment-based visa or be able to self-petition relying on your extraordinary qualifications. The other option is to start your own company.
There are five types of employment-based immigrant visas:o o EB-1: applicants with extraordinary abilities, outstanding professors and researchers, or multinational business managers and executives.
o EB-2: applicants with exceptional abilities or advanced degrees.
o EB-3: applicants who qualify as professional workers with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, or other skilled or unskilled workers.
o EB-4: applicants who are religious workers.
o EB-5: applicants who invest a minimum of $500,000 in an underemployed area and create 5 jobs.
These visas allow the applicant to gain permanent residence and remain in the U.S. permanently.
There's also many nonimmigrant visas, including the following common types:o E-1 Visas for Treaty Traders
o E-2 Visas Treaty investors
o H-1B Visas for Specialty Workers
o L-1 Visas for Multinational Managers, Executives and Specialized Knowledge Employees
o O-1 Visas for Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities
o P-1 Visas for Internationally Recognized Entertainment Groups and Athletes
o P-3 Visas for Culturally Unique Entertainment Groups
o R-1 Visas for Religious Workers
o TN Visas for professional workers from Mexico and Canada
Most of these visas do not offer a path to permanent residence and only allow the applicant to stay for a specified period of time.