Videos: How to Get a Temporary Work Visa
Our "how to" immigration videos cover a variety of topics including how you can qualify for a temporary work visa. At the bottom of this Legal Guide, we link to videos about E-2, H-1B, H-4, L-1A, L-1B, O and P visas.
E-2, H-1B, H-4 EAD and L-1A Temporary Work VisasOur attorneys have obtained temporary visas for thousands of E-1 treaty traders, E-2 treaty investors, H-1B professionals, J-1 trainees, L-1 intracompany managers and executives, O-1 persons of extraordinary ability, P-1 athletes and entertainers and R-1 religious workers. We represent over 100 employers and thousands of computer professionals, physicians, accountants, engineers, scientists, health care professionals including registered nurses across the US.
We link to our "how to" temporary visa videos below under additional sources of information.
E-2 visas are authorized for investors who are nationals of a country which has a treaty of commerce and navigation with the US. The investor must be coming to the US to direct and develop the operations of an enterprise in which has invested, or is actively involved in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital.
The H-1B temporary visa category includes persons coming to the U.S. to work in a professional capacity and well as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability. Common H-1B occupatons include computer professionals, teachers, physicians, engineers, architects, accountants and health care professionals.
H-4 spouses of H-1B professionals with approved I-140 visa petitions or who is the beneficiary of a PERM application or an I-140 which was filed at least 365 days before the expiration of his or her 6-year limitation of stay as an H-1B nonimmigrant. If the PERM application was approved, the I-140 must have been filed with the USCIS within 180 days.
L-1A, L-1B, O and P Temporary Work VisasL visas are for certain persons who work for a company with a parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate in the US. These persons come to the US as intracompany transferees to perform services either in a
in a managerial or executive capacity (L-1A) or
which entail specialized knowledge (L-1B)
for a parent, branch, subsidiary or affiliate of the same employer that employed the professional abroad. The employee must have been employed abroad for the corporation, firm, or other legal entity (or an affiliate or subsidiary thereof) on a full-time basis for at least one continuous year out of the last three-year period to qualify. There is no annual cap on L-1 visas.
O visas are for persons who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.
P visas are granted to foreign nationals coming to the U.S. temporarily to work as an athlete, entertainer, or artist. Please read on for specific criteria for each category: P-1, P-2, and P-3.
The P-1 classification applies to a person coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance.
The P-2 classification applies to a person coming temporarily to perform as an artist or entertainer individually or as part of a group, who will perform under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the U.S. and an organization in another country.
The P-3 classification applies to persons coming temporarily to perform, teach or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique.