A work visa allows a foreign person to legally work in the United States. It provides legal authorization for travel and admittance to the country. Before an immigrant can legally work and receive payment for that work as a citizen of a foreign country, they must obtain a US visa.
Obtaining a visa does not ensure your entry into the US. It does designate that a consular officer at a US Consulate or Embassy closest to your residence abroad has decided you are authorized to pursue entry for the specific purpose listed on the visa. For example, the basic requirement of an H-1B work visa is that you meet the minimum requirement for the offered position, normally a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent be met. Contacting an experienced law firm such as Barbeito & Hiatt, Attorneys at Law is a smart move to ensure you are filing the required paperwork to qualify for the employment-based visa.
It depends on the type of visa. The majority of the work visas require an approval from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security before the foreign person is able to appear at the corresponding U.S. Consulate abroad to request a work visa.
There are several types of work visas.
Filing and visa fees vary depending on the type of visa. Most work visas have a basic fee of less than $500. However, other variable fees (depending on the size of the company and the visa classification), may cause the total fees to increase around $5,000.
Ensuring that you are able to acquire the appropriate visa for what you want to accomplish is imperative to your success on the job. Pair with an experienced law firm, such as Barbeito and Hiatt. They will ensure you have the appropriate information to file for the visa you actually qualify to obtain. Contact us here.