What are your options for an employment-based temporary visa?

You feel excited about working in Georgia, but because of your immigrant status, your employer must sponsor you. Do you and your company understand your options for temporary visas?

The Society for Human Resource Management explores various employment-based temporary visas. Determine which offers the most favorable option for your situation.

Visa waiver

The Visa Waiver Program allows business visitors from roughly 40 participating countries to remain in the U.S. for 90 days without a visa. To participate in the program, you must attend an interview and provide proper documentation when entering the country. Before arriving in the U.S., you must first secure a proper Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Under the program, you do not have the option of modifying or extending your status.

Business visitor

If you intend to visit the U.S. for business, look into securing a B-1 visa. The visa option includes restrictions, such as you may only attend conferences or meet with clients or customers. As a B-1 visitor, you do not qualify for receiving payment for your work, so you cannot engage in employment that generates income.

H-1B visa

If your job requires practical and theoretical utilization of specific know-how, an H-1B visa may fit your employment immigration needs. This visa type often applies to those with a degree in a field such as computer engineering or wealth management.

H-2B visa

Are you a seasonal worker? If so, look into obtaining an H-2B visa. With it, you may enter the U.S. to perform temporary non-agricultural work seasonally, for a single time or during peak periods.

Understand your employment visa options before starting work. The right visa may help you enjoy your stay legally.