are many types of work permits, each with specific
requirements as to type of position, type of employer,
duration, etc. One of the most important steps in
the visa application process is to determine what
category/ies may be the most suitable, considering
the nature of the position, your background and
goals, and other factors. Given below are some common
positions and the appropriate visa categories for
(this category is not limited just to organic
chemistry – it covers all branches of chemistry)
visa: The USCIS has recognized that
organic and other physical chemists may be classified
as H-1B professionals.
visa: Multinational companies may transfer
their foreign national executives or managers on
L-1A visa to manage a subsidiary or a major function
or division of a subsidiary. Professionals with
specialized knowledge such as, company products,
research methods and marketing techniques may be
transferred under the L-1B specialized knowledge
visa: An extraordinary Chemist who
is developing new drug technology and has received
major prizes or awards or other recognition for
outstanding achievements and with a job offer from
a U.S. company may work in the U.S. on O-1 visa.
visa: Canadian and Mexican chemists
with Baccalaureate or Licenciatura degree may work
in the U.S. on a TN visa.
visa: Since ‘profession’ as defined
in the Immigration and Nationality Act, contemplates
knowledge or learning — not merely skill — of an
advanced type in a given field gained by a prolonged
course of specialized instruction and study of at
least baccalaureate level, which is a realistic
prerequisite to entry into the particular field
of endeavor, and since a financial economist is
a member of the professions within the meaning of
that section, a foreign national economist may be
eligible for an H-1B visa.
visa: Canadian and Mexican economists
with Baccalaureate or Licenciatura Degree may work
in the U.S. on a TN visa.
visa: Foreign national economists who
have received major prizes or awards or other recognition
for outstanding achievements and are considered
people with extraordinary ability and have achieved
a level of expertise indicating that they are among
the few individuals who have risen to the very top
of the field of endeavor may work in the U.S. with
an O-1 visa.
Instructor / Football Coach / Ski Instructor
visa: U.S. employers may hire foreign
workers to come to the U.S. and perform temporary
one-time, seasonal, peak load or intermittent work.
Ski, Football and Hockey Instructor positions fall
under the recurring seasonal job category and qualify
for the H-2B visa.
visa: The USCIS has approved O-1 petitions
for professionals like NBA players and Speed Skating
Coaches as they are considered people with extraordinary
ability and have achieved a level of expertise indicating
that they are among the few individuals who have
risen to the very top of the field of endeavor.
visa: The USCIS recognizes legal professions
as specialty occupations and U.S. employers may
file H-1B petitions for foreign nationals to work
in the U.S.
visa: Canadian and Mexican legal professionals
(including Notaries in the province of Quebec) with
L.L.B., J.D., L.L.L., B.C.L., or Licenciatura degree
(five years); or membership in a state/provincial
bar may work in the U.S. on a TN visa.
Teacher / Professor / Research Assistant
visa: A foreign national may enter
the U.S. on an H-1B visa to work as a university
professor, school teacher, research assistant or
visa: A foreign national scholar, trainee,
teacher, professor, research assistant, specialist
or scientist coming temporarily to the U.S. as a
participant in a program designated by the Director
of the United States Information Agency, for the
purpose of teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying,
observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating
special skills, or receiving training may do so
with a J-1 visa.
visa: Foreign national professors,
researchers or scientists recognized internationally
as outstanding in the academic field may work in
the U.S. with an O-1 visa.
visa: Canadian and Mexican citizens
may work in the U.S. as college, seminary and university
teachers, research assistants in a post-secondary
educational institution and scientists with a TN
visa: The R-1 visa category allows foreign nationals to enter the
U.S. in order to continue or develop a religious vocation. It is also very useful
in assisting religious organizations in the U.S. that desire the infusion of new
energy into their faith through the importation of members from overseas branches,
affiliates, or similar entities. The R category allows foreign nationals engaged
in a broad range of religious occupations to enter the U.S. to perform services
related to their religious calling or vocation and receive direct compensation
for their work. Examples include minister, nuns, monks, liturgical workers, religious
instructors, religious counselors, cantors, catechists, workers in religious hospitals
or religious health care facilities, missionaries, religious translators, or religious
broadcasters. The regulations exclude from this group janitors, maintenance workers,
clerks, fundraisers, persons involved solely in the solicitation of donations,
or similar occupations.
visa: Certain religious professionals may enter the US in H-1B status
to perform their religious duties.
Choosing the right visa category from multiple options
may often require the services of an expert. VisaPro
attorneys have extensive experience in handling
work visa cases under varying circumstances and
situations. Please contact VisaPro
to help you understand which visa category is most
suitable for you and your requirement.