Employment-based immigration can be a great way for businesses to secure talent while allowing for non-citizens to make a new life in the United States. But if you’re an employer or prospective employee looking to utilize federal immigration law to your advantage, then you need to understand some of its intricacies. This week, let’s briefly look at some of the employment visas available to you so that you can follow up with an attorney if you have additional questions.
The main types of employment visas
There are five main types of employment visas. They include:
- Priority workers and those with extraordinary abilities. These individuals may have national and international acclaim in the field of science, business, education, the arts, or even athletics. Well-renowned researchers and professors may qualify here, too, as well as some business executives. Those who fall into this category are given priority preference for immigration.
- Those with advanced degrees and those with exceptional abilities, meaning abilities above what would normally be encountered in the field, are granted second priority.
- Skilled workers who require at least two years of training as well as those who work in a profession requiring a bachelor’s degree fall into the third priority category.
- Special immigrants such as broadcasters, some interpreters, ministers of religion, and employees of certain businesses fall into the fourth priority category.
- The last preference is reserved for investors.
Competently navigate your immigration-related issues
This is a very basic overview of the some of the employment visas that are available. Please note that the details of each are much more nuanced. Therefore, if you have questions about how to qualify for one of these visas, how long they last, or what to do once the visa comes to end, then please consider reaching out to an experienced immigration law professional for assistance.