Work Permit Non Immigrant Visa
PLEASE NOTE: All visa options listed on this page are different
types of non-immigrant visas. In general, they authorize you to live
in the US for a limited period only. If you are interested in
permanent residence in the US you will, sooner or later, need to
apply for the Greencard in the American Greencard Lottery.
This is a business visa.
It is a single-entry visa and may be issued for up to six (6) months
at each application. The visa may be also be issued as a ten-year,
multiple-entry authorization. Applications must be filed with the
nearest US consulate. The visa costs about DM 100. The application
for this type of visa can be processed by the consulate in just a
matter of days. You may also apply for it by mail or through a
travel agency. Foreigners who have only lived in their current
countries of residence for a short period of time are generally
denied this type of visa.
H1-B Visa (Work Permit)
This is the standard visa issued to applicants who would like to
live and work legally in the US. However, eligibility is limited to
persons with academic degrees or professional qualifications. Under
normal circumstances, individuals with only vocational or technical
skills cannot be granted this type of visa for admission into the
US. The chances of securing this type of visa are better if you have
proof of employment or a job offer. The first step should be taken
by the potential US employer who must first pay a fee of $600 (US)
to file the request for visa, on your behalf, with the US Department
of Labor. As soon as this first step is completed, you will be ready
to apply directly to the US consulate for your work permit. The work
permit visas are issued under very stringent regulations and are
valid for a maximum of six (6) years only. Fortunately, conversion
to a permanent resident (Greencard) status is possible if you meet a
number of employment requirements.
This visa may be issued to semi-skilled persons who wish to work
in US factories or industries. Farm workers are not eligible for
this type of visa. There are two important conditions of
1) The potential employer has to prove that a US citizen with the
same or similar skills is unavailable or cannot be found to take the
position for which you are applying.
2) The expiration date for the visa is strictly enforced. The visa
may be issued for anywhere between twelve (12) months to three
years. Very often, however, it is issued for only nine (9) months.
Social workers and individuals with professional backgrounds or
training in government, public administration or business may apply
for this visa in order to enter the US in order to gain some
relevant practical training. The maximum length of stay for this
visa is 18 to 24 months. An accredited exchange program, institution
or organization may apply on your behalf.
L-1 Visa (Intracompany Transferee)
Managers and other key employees of an international company may
be transferred to the US by their company. This type of visa is also
an option for small business owners and sole-proprietorship
entrepreneurs. Under this type of visa, the transferred employee
must necessarily occupy an executive position. The maximum length of
stay is seven years. Under certain conditions, however, a subsequent
conversion to a permanent resident (Greencard) status is possible.
Any company that has a significant volume of business with the US
may transfer employees to the US via this visa. Self employed
individuals or small business owners may also qualify for this type
It is important that a substantial part of the company’s
transactions take place within the United States. In addition, at
least 50 % of the company’s revenue must derive from business
transactions between its new US office and the existing home office
branch that must be located in the applicant’s country of origin.
For your information, the residence status for this visa may
be extended indefinitely.
E-2 Visa (Investment and Incorporation)
Companies or individuals who want to invest large amounts of
capital in the US may apply for this visa. The standard minimum
investment requisite for this visa is $50,000. The investment may be
in the form of the acquisition of an existing company or the
incorporation of a new one. Under certain circumstances, the
employees of any such acquired or incorporated company may also be
eligible for visas to enter the US. The new company should be
profitable, capable of generating news jobs and contributing
positively to the growth of the US economy.
GOOD NEWS!: The residence status may be extended
indefinitely, if the company continues to exist under the general
management of the visa holder.
O-1-Visa (Extraordinary Ability)
Only persons with “extraordinary abilities” may apply for this
type of visa. Normally this applies to prize winners and
international award recipients. The visa may be extended
P-Visa (Athletes and Entertainers)
This visa allows internationally renowned athletes, artistes and
entertainers to work in the USA. The initial period for a stay is
one year and may be extended. Under certain circumstances, support,
administrative or other specialized staff may be allowed to
accompany the primary applicant for this visa.
R-1-Visa (Religious Workers)
This visa entitles staff of churches and religious organizations
to live and work in the US. The term “religious organization” is
used in this context in a broad sense and may apply to a lot of
individuals. The organization needs to recognized by the US as a
bona fide “religious organization”. Persons admitted under this visa
may work as teachers of religious studies, hospital chaplains,
clergy, choir leaders, missionaries, clerical translators, etc.
Applicants need not have been previously employed in their country
of origin as religious workers. However, they should have been
members of a religious denomination for at least two years at the
time of the visa application.
F-1-Visa (Student Visa)
This the standard visa that is issued to individuals who wish to
study in the United States. It is valid for the duration of your
status as a student and for the period of your studies. This visa
carries restrictions in terms of your ability to work off-campus. It
is issued with the understanding that you may take only on-campus
employment. You may apply for this visa only upon proof of admission
to an accredited school or university in the US.
J-1-Visa (Exchange Student or Training)
This visa is issued to participants of exchange programs,
corporate on-the-job trainees as well as au-pairs. It is also
suitable for academic and institutional researchers. You may not
apply for this visa on your own. A US-based organization must apply
for the visa on behalf of the interested party. Offices in other
countries may provide further information on this type of visa.