In the vast landscape of U.S. immigration, employment-based visas play a significant role in attracting skilled workers from around the world.
These visas serve as gateways for individuals seeking opportunities on American soil, but each has its nuances.
1. H-1B visa
The H-1B visa is for foreign workers in specialty occupations, requiring specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher. Commonly used by tech professionals, engineers and scientists, this visa allows employers to hire skilled workers for up to six years.
2. L-1 visa
For multinational companies looking to transfer employees to the U.S., the L-1 visa provides a solution. Divided into L-1A for managers and executives and L-1B for employees with specialized knowledge, this visa permits intracompany transfers for up to seven years.
3. E visa
Entrepreneurs and investors find solace in the E visa category, which includes the E-1 for treaty traders engaged in substantial trade with the U.S. and the E-2 for investors making a significant investment in a U.S. business. These visas are often valid for up to five years.
4. EB-2 and EB-3 green card categories
For those seeking permanent residency, the EB-2 and EB-3 green card categories offer a path. The EB-2 is for individuals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities, while the EB-3 is for skilled workers, professionals and other workers with less specialized skills.
In FY2022, 36% of legal permanent residents received employment-based visas. Whether it is a temporary stint or a pathway to permanent residency, these visas open doors for those seeking opportunities in the land of opportunity.