Visas for Professionals in Fort Lauderdale
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of immigration, and we can help you obtain the professional work visas you need.
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What Types of Visas Are Available for Professionals Entering the U.S.?
While the United States government is actively engaged in restricting the
number of people who can legally enter this country every year, they do
encourage professionals and people engaged in business to come here, recognizing
the benefit that such travel can have for our economy. Depending on your
reasons for coming to the U.S., you may be eligible to apply for one of
several different types of visas.
Keep reading below to learn more about the following professional visas:
- B-1 visa for business travelers.
- L-1 visas.
- H-1B visas.
- E visas.
- Investor visas.
- J visas.
- F-1 visas.
- O-1 visas.
- P visas.
- TN NAFTA professionals.
B-1 Visa for Business Travelers
This visitor-type visa is available for individuals who are planning travel
to the United States for purposes of meeting with business associates;
attending a convention or conference of a scientific, professional, educational,
or business nature; to negotiate a contract; or to settle an estate. The
B-1 visa is not for
employment-based immigration, but is rather for temporary business travel, and the holder must either
depart the country by the date of expiration or petition to have the visa
extended. The application may be denied, but you have the right to file
a new application with evidence to contradict the stated reason for the
denial. It is necessary to demonstrate that you plan to come for only
a limited time, and that you have substantial ties and obligations at
home, which will ensure that you will return at the conclusion of your
business in this country.
This category includes both the L-1A and L-1B visas, and is available for
intra-company transferees who work either in executive or managerial positions, or in positions
which utilize specialized knowledge. The L-1 visa is available for individuals
who work for employers that are both a parent company, branch, subsidiary,
or affiliate of a foreign company, and which employ workers in the U.S.
and one other country for as long as the visa is in effect. You will most
likely be able to bring your spouse and any unmarried children who are
under the age of 21 years old, provided that they are approved for an L-2 visa.
The H-1B visa applies to individuals who will be coming to the United States
for the purpose of working in a
specialty occupation, which is characterized as a position which requires a Bachelor's
degree, and is characterized by a high degree of complexity and specialized
professional knowledge, or which will require you to have a state license
or certification or extensive training and experience in the field. There
is also an H-1B2 visa for workers who are going to participate in a Department
of Defense research and development project, as well as an H-1B3 for fashion
models of "distinguished merit and ability." For those who don't
qualify for any of the above visas, there are also H-1C visas for registered
nurses, H-2A visas for agricultural or seasonal workers, H2-B visas for
temporary nonagricultural jobs, H-3 visas for those coming to the U.S.
to receive training, or to participate in a special education exchange
visitor training program for children with disabilities.
The E visas are often associated with the movie industry and the performing
arts. E-11 visa is an employment based immigrant visa that permits those
with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business
or athletics work in the United States. The employer would apply for the
visa and provide information about the employment and anticipated length
of stay in the U.S. E-12 visas concern outstanding professors or researchers,
and E-13 visas involve multinational executives or managers. E-14 and
E-15 visas respectively allow spouses or children of visa holders to enter
the U.S. The
visas for athletes and others are taken into consideration for approval on previously established
priorities per the immigration laws.
There are several different types of visas available for investors. The
EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa is for people who plan to invest funds in
a new commercial enterprise, characterized as being established after
November 29, 1990, or one which was established earlier and will either
be substantially reorganized or which will expand to the degree that the
net worth or the number of employees will increase by at least 40%.
There is also an E-2 Treaty Investor visa provided for citizens of certain
countries with which the United States has entered a treaty of commerce
and navigation. This type of visa requires that the individual be investing
a substantial amount of capital in an enterprise in this country, and
be intending to enter the country specifically to work on the development
and management of the enterprise. You must have an ownership stake of
at least 50% in the company.
The Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 were established
to increase the mutual understanding between people of other countries
and people of the United States. A means to accomplish this is through
educational and cultural exchange opportunities provided by the Exchange
Visitor Program. It allows sponsors in the U.S. for au pair, Edu Care,
students, physicians, teachers, and others who qualify for this type of
visa and program.
The F-1 visa is a non-immigrant student visa that makes it possible for
foreign students to pursue their academic studies in universities and
other approved school levels in the United States. Particular to this
type of visa is that issuance only occurs in U.S. embassies and consulates
that are located outside of the U.S. The prospective student would apply
to the various schools and apply for a Form I-20. The demand is high for
these types of visas, and they are limited to full time students who must
in addition demonstrate they are able to support themselves while in the U.S.
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is intended for those individuals who possess
an extraordinary talent in the arts, sciences, education, business, or
athletic departments, or someone who has demonstrated an extraordinary
achievement in the television or motion picture industries, and who has
been nationally recognized for their achievements. To qualify for an O-1
visa, the individual must demonstrate an extraordinary ability that has
received national acclaim, and the person must be coming to the United
States temporarily to continue working in their area of extraordinary
ability. There are several versions of the O visa and these include the
O-1 A, the O-1B, O-2, and O-3.
The P-1A visa is for the internationally recognized athlete, this classification
means the athlete is coming to the U.S. temporarily for an athletic competition
at an internationally recognized event. The P-1B visa is for members of
an internationally recognized entertainment group. The P-1B is for someone
that is coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform as a member of an entertainment
group that has been recognized internationally for being an outstanding group.
The P-2 visa is for someone that is coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform
as an artist or an entertainer, either individually or as a part of a
group under an exchange program between the United States and another
country. The P-3 visa is for artists coming temporarily to the U.S. to
perform; teach; or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as
a member of a group, and as a part of a culturally unique program.
TN NAFTA Professionals
The TN nonimmigrant classification allows qualifying Canadian and Mexican
citizens to enter the United States temporarily to engage in business
activities on a professional level. These professional positions include
accountants, attorneys, engineers, scientists, pharmacists, and teachers.
Let a Fort Lauderdale Immigration Attorney Help You
The process of applying for a visa can be complicated, and it is advisable
that you work with an expert immigration lawyer who can assist you in
assembling the necessary documentation and expediting the application,
as well as appealing an erroneous denial. Contact our immigration lawyers
at Guerra Sáenz, PL, where we have
represented more than a thousand cases and can assist you in Spanish or English. As a Board Certified lawyer,
Mr. Guerra is recognized by The Florida Bar as being an
expert in immigration and nationality law; you can trust him to protect your rights. He and our entire firm can
work to move your application through the process with minimal delay.
Learn how we can help with the process for visas for professionals.
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