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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Obtaining Legal Authorization to Work in the US

There are thousands of foreign workers who enter the U.S. each year. Foreign workers must obtain legal permission to work in the U.S. or risk deportation.  There are also possible legal consequences to the employer should they hire an employee who does not have work authorization. There are several employment categories for admission that apply to different types of workers. Each category has different requirements, conditions, and periods of time that the worked may legally stay in the country

Temporary Workers

There are a variety of categories of temporary workers. In order to come to the U.S. for temporary employment, an employer must file an immigration petition on behalf of the immigrant with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Department.

Permanent Workers

There are over 100,000 immigrant visas given each year to aliens who want to come to the U.S. to fill positions that require unique job skills. For some people with the right skills, education, and experience, they may be able to live permanently in the U.S. This usually applies if there is a shortage of experts in the particular field(s) in which the immigrant has expertise.

Students and Exchange Visitors

There are two types of immigration visas for full-time students in the U.S. enrolled in both academic or vocational programs which allow them to work on a limited basis in a position related to their field of study.

Temporary Visitors for Business

Those who wish to come to the U.S. for a short period of time in order to conduct business may be able to obtain a Temporary Visitors for Business Visa.

Each type of visa comes with its own special rules regarding the type of work that the immigrant can perform and includes guidelines on the length of stay, and whether family members can accompany the immigrant as well as tax obligations.


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