How to Get a United States of America Work Visa in 2022

Would you like to work in the United States of America on a working visa?

In this article, you’ll learn how to get the different types of USA work visas in 2022 that will allow you to freely live and work in the United States. Some of these work visas include the E1, E2, H1, L1, and TN work visas.

After reading this article, you’ll also understand the different types of U.S work visas for high skilled working professionals and you can determine which of these visas is best suited for you.

Types of USA Work Visas

There are two broad categories of U.S work visas.

  • Non Immigrant or temporary work visa
  • Immigrant or permanent work visa.

These two types of visas are given to individuals who have a primary purpose of freely and legally living and working in the United States. The main difference between these two categories is in the period of authorised stay in the USA.

For non-immigrant or temporary work visa: Individuals entering the U.S on this temporary work visa are only allowed to stay in the U.S for a fixed period of time. If they have to stay beyond this fixed period of time, they will need to apply for what’s called an extension of stay.

For Immigrant or permanent work visa: Individuals who enter the U.S on a permanent work visa are allowed to remain in the U.S indefinitely.

In this article, we will give you everything you need to know about the temporary work visa.

Types of Temporary USA Work Visas

Let’s take a look at the most common types of U.S temporary work visas in alphabetical order.

  • E1 and E2 Treaty Visa:

E1 and E2 visas are the most suitable visas to get if you are an entrepreneur who wish to enter the U.S to start your own businesses.

This visa is granted to citizens of countries that have a Treaty of Commerce or an international agreement with the United States and who wish to enter the U.S to engage in international trade on their own behalf. This is the case with the E1 visa, whereas with the case of the E2 visa, this is for individuals who plan to invest a substantial amount in the U.S based business.

Currently, there are 81 countries with at least one of these treaties with the U.S. Check below to see if your country is one of the treaty countries with the U.S.

Treaty Countries

Country Classification Entered into Force
Albania E-2 January 4, 1998
Argentina E-1 December 20, 1854
Argentina E-2 December 20, 1854
Armenia E-2 March 29, 1996
Australia E-1 December 16, 1991
Australia E-2 December 27, 1991
Australia E-3 September 2, 2005
Austria E-1 May 27, 1931
Austria E-2 May 27, 1931
Azerbaijan E-2 August 2, 2001
Bahrain E-2 May 30, 2001
Bangladesh E-2 July 25, 1989
Belgium E-1 October 3, 1963
Belgium E-2 October 3, 1963
Bolivia E-1 November 09, 1862
Bolivia E-2 June 6, 2001
Bosnia and Herzegovina E-1 November 15, 1982
Bosnia and Herzegovina E-2 November 15, 1982
Brunei E-1 July 11, 1853
Bulgaria E-2 June 2, 1954
Cameroon E-2 April 6, 1989
Canada E-1 January 1, 1994
Canada E-2 January 1, 1994
Chile E-1 January 1, 2004
Chile E-2 January 1, 2004
China (Taiwan) E-1 November 30, 1948
China (Taiwan) E-2 November 30, 1948
Colombia E-1 June 10, 1948
Colombia E-2 June 10, 1948
Congo (Brazzaville) E-2 August 13, 1994
Congo (Kinshasa) E-2 July 28, 1989
Costa Rica E-1 May 26, 1852
Costa Rica E-2 May 26, 1852
Croatia E-1 November 15, 1982
Croatia E-2 November 15, 1982
Czech Republic E-2 January 1, 1993
Denmark E-1 July 30, 1961
Denmark E-2 December 10, 2008
Ecuador E-2 May 11, 1997
Egypt E-2 June 27, 1992
Estonia E-1 May 22, 1926
Estonia E-2 February 16, 1997
Ethiopia E-1 October 8, 1953
Ethiopia E-2 October 8, 1953
Finland E-1 August 10, 1934
Finland E-2 December 1, 1992
France E-1 December 21, 1960
France E-2 December 21, 1960
Georgia E-2 August 17, 1997
Germany E-1 July 14, 1956
Germany E-2 July 14, 1956
Greece E-1 October 13, 1954
Grenada E-2 March 3, 1989
Honduras E-1 July 19, 1928
Honduras E-2 July 19, 1928
Ireland E-1 September 14, 1950
Ireland E-2 November 18, 1992
Israel E-1 April 3, 1954
Israel  E-2 May 1, 2019
Italy E-1 July 26, 1949
Italy E-2 July 26, 1949
Jamaica E-2 March 7, 1997
Japan E-1 October 30, 1953
Japan E-2 October 30, 1953
Jordan E-1 December 17, 2001
Jordan E-2 December 17, 2001
Kazakhstan E-2 January 12, 1994
Korea (South) E-1 November 7, 1957
Korea (South) E-2 November 7, 1957
Kosovo E-1 November 15, 1882
Kosovo E-2 November 15, 1882
Kyrgyzstan E-2 January 12, 1994
Latvia E-1 July 25, 1928
Latvia E-2 December 26, 1996
Liberia E-1 November 21, 1939
Liberia E-2 November 21, 1939
Lithuania E-2 November 22, 2001
Luxembourg E-1 March 28, 1963
Luxembourg E-2 March 28, 1963
Macedonia E-1 November 15, 1982
Macedonia E-2 November 15, 1982
Mexico E-1 January 1, 1994
Mexico E-2 January 1, 1994
Moldova E-2 November 25, 1994
Mongolia E-2 January 1, 1997
Montenegro E-1 November 15, 1882
Montenegro E-2 November 15, 1882
Morocco E-2 May 29, 1991
Netherlands E-1 December 5, 1957
Netherlands E-2 December 5, 1957
New Zealand E1 June 10, 2019
New Zealand E2 June 10, 2019
Norway E-1 January 18, 1928
Norway E-2 January 18, 1928
Oman E-1 June 11, 1960
Oman E-2 June 11, 1960
Pakistan E-1 February 12, 1961
Pakistan E-2 February 12, 1961
Panama E-2 May 30, 1991
Paraguay E-1 March 07, 1860
Paraguay E-2 March 07, 1860
Philippines E-1 September 6, 1955
Philippines E-2 September 6, 1955
Poland E-1 August 6, 1994
Poland E-2 August 6, 1994
Romania E-2 January 15, 1994
Senegal E-2 October 25, 1990
Serbia E-1 November 15,1882
Serbia E-2 November 15,1882
Singapore E-1 January 1, 2004
Singapore E-2 January 1, 2004
Slovak Republic E-2 January 1, 1993
Slovenia E-1 November 15, 1982
Slovenia E-2 November 15, 1982
Spain E-1 April 14, 1903
Spain E-2 April 14, 1903
Sri Lanka E-2 May 1, 1993
Suriname E-1 February 10, 1963
Suriname E-2 February 10, 1963
Sweden E-1 February 20, 1992
Sweden E-2 February 20, 1992
Switzerland E-1 November 08, 1855
Switzerland E-2 November 08, 1855
Thailand E-1 June 8, 1968
Thailand E-2 June 8, 1968
Togo E-1 February 5, 1967
Togo E-2 February 5, 1967
Trinidad & Tobago E-2 December 26, 1996
Tunisia E-2 February 7, 1993
Turkey E-1 February 15, 1933
Turkey E-2 May 18, 1990
Ukraine E-2 November 16, 1996
United Kingdom E-1 July 03, 1815
United Kingdom E-2 July 03, 1815
Yugoslavia E-1 November 15, 1882
Yugoslavia E-2 November 15, 1882
  • E3 Visa

This visa is only given to citizens of Australia who wish to come to the U.S to work in specialty occupations and have obtained an offer of employment from a U.S employer. Specialty occupations require specialized knowledge, and you must have obtained a minimum of bachelor’s degree in your field to enter the U.S on this visa.

Individuals entering the U.S on an E1, E2 and E3 visa are typically allowed to remain in the U.S for a period of two years, beyond which they must apply to extend their period of stay for another two years if they wish to remain in the U.S. There is no cap to the number of extensions that may be granted to an E1, E2 or E3 nonimmigrant.

  • H1B visa class

This is the most popular nonimmigrant work visa for high skilled professionals who come to the US. Similar to the E3 visa, you must obtain an offer of employment from a U.S employer for work in a specialty occupation, and you must have a minimum a Bachelor’s degree or higher that’s equivalent to a U.S Bachelor’s degree or higher degree.

Foreign nationals admitted to the U.S on an H1B visa are typically admitted for a period of three years, and they can apply to extend the period of stay for an additional three years, for a total of six years in the U.S.

  • H3 Visa

Foreign nationals coming to USA to receive job related training for work that will automatically be performed outside of the US can obtain what’s called an H3 Trainee visa.

Typically, individuals entering the U.S on an H3 visa are usually allowed to remain in the U.S for a period of two years.

  • L1B visa

The L1B intra Company transferring visa allows a U.S employer to transfer a professional worker who’s knowledgeable about the employer’s business from a foreign location to a U.S based location.

To be eligible for this visa, you must have worked for the prospective employer for one continuous year within three years prior to when you seek to enter the U.S.

Most individuals entering the U.S on the L1 Visa are usually admitted to the U.S for an initial period of three years, and they may extend their stay in the US until a maximum limit of five years is attained.

  • O1 Visa

This type of visa is granted to individuals who possess extraordinary ability in the Sciences, arts, education, business and in sport, and they must be coming to the U.S to work temporarily in their field of extraordinary ability. Put simply, extraordinary ability in one field means that you must have attained a level of expertise that puts you at the very top of your field. This is usually demonstrated by the receipt of international or national awards in your field of expertise.

  • TN visa

The TN nonimmigrant class is based on the North America Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. This allows a Canadian or Mexican citizen to enter the United States temporarily to work in a qualifying professional level business activity.

Some of these professions include lawyers, teachers, engineers, and scientists. For a full list of qualifying professions, check out the description section below. Canadian or Mexican citizens must have the qualifications for these qualifying professions and must receive an offer of employment from a U.S based employer for these professions.

While citizens of Mexico need to obtain a TN visa to enter the United States, citizens of Canada do not. Citizens of Canada and Mexico who enter the U.S on a TN nonimmigrant class are allowed to remain in the U.S for a period of three years and if they wish to remain in the U.S beyond three years they must apply for an extension of stay in the U.S but there is no limit to the number of times a TN status can be extended.

Conclusion:

When you get any of these visas mentioned in this article, you will be allowed to bring your wife/husband and children to the United States as your dependents but only the L and E visa class allow your wife/husband to seek employment in the United States.

With the exception of the E1 and the E2 visa, all other work visas mentioned require a U.S employer to first file a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and once approved the foreign national living outside the U.S must then apply for a visa to seek entry into the U.S or if the foreign national is lawfully present in the US on a nonimmigrant status they can change their status accordingly.

I hope you found this article very helpful and informative. My aim of writing it is to give you the best educative articles you will need to read about jobs, visas and scholarship so that you can migrate, live and work legally and with peace of mind in the country of your dreams.

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