Business Visa FAQ
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About United States Business Visas
United States business visas are designed to allow citizens of foreign countries to live in America on either a permanent or temporary basis while they work or conduct business. The type of business you’re involved in, as well as your abilities and other factors, typically dictate which business visa you would be eligible for and how long you would be allowed to remain in the U.S.
Read on to learn more about United States business visas, and if you have any further questions or are ready to speak to an experienced immigration attorney, reach out to the team at Zohar Law in Manhattan today.
Specialty Occupation Visa FAQ
What Type of Visa Would Someone in a Specialty Occupation Apply for?
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa designed to enable those who work in specialty occupations, DOD cooperative research and development project workers, as well as fashion models to live in the United States while conducting their work.
Is the H-1B Visa Temporary or Permanent?
The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa, meaning that it is temporary. This visa is good for three years and can be renewed one time.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the H1-B Visa?
Some of the eligibility requirements for the H1-B visa included:
Those applying for the H1-B visa as an individual working in a specialty occupation or as a DOD cooperative research and development project worker must hold at least a bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent.
A fashion model applying for the H1-B visa must be one of prominence.
Those with a specialty occupation must fall into one of the following categories: math, science, medicine, engineering, architecture, accounting, finance, or information technology.
What’s the Difference Between an Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa?
All visas, including business visas, fall under one of two categories: immigrant or nonimmigrant. Simply put, an immigrant visa is meant to allow an individual to permanently live in the United States, while a nonimmigrant visa is designed to allow an individual to live in America on a temporary basis.
Intracompany Transferee Visa FAQ
What Type of Visa Would an Intracompany Transferee Apply for?
The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa designed to allow employees of managerial or executive status, or those with specialized knowledge in their field to transfer within a multinational company to a branch that is located within the United States.
Is the L-1 Visa Temporary or Permanent?
The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa. This temporary visa allows an intracompany transferee to live in the United States for a period of five to seven years depending on the terms of the specific visa.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the L-1 Visa?
Some of the eligibility requirements of the L-1 visa include:
You must work for the multinational company for one continuous year during the preceding three year period.
You must work for the company in a managerial or executive role, or have specialized knowledge in your field.
You must transfer within the company to a branch located within the United States.
How Do I Decide Which Business Visa to Apply For?
Each type of business visa is designed to allow an individual to work or conduct business in America. However, the requirements of each business visa are different. If you are unsure of which visa you are eligible for, or unsure if there is another option open to you, the team at Zohar Law can help. We’ll provide you with a free consultation to get started, and can help you determine which business visa you should apply for.
Extraordinary Performer’s Visa FAQ
What Type of Visa Would an Extraordinary Performer Apply for?
For those who have extraordinary abilities or skills in the arts, motion pictures, television, education, athletics, business, or science, the O-1 visa may allow you to live in America while you work.
Is the O-1 Visa Temporary or Permanent?
The O-1 visa is a temporary, nonimmigrant visa. The initial visa can be granted for up to three years, and you may apply for extensions to add time to this visa. Extensions are granted in a period of one year each. However, there is no limit to the amount of extensions that can be granted.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the O-1 Visa?
Some of the requirements for the O-1 visa include:
You must be able to demonstrate that your ability is extraordinary.
You must continue to work or perform within your specified area of special ability.
How Do I Apply for a Business Visa?
The process of applying for a business visa isn’t necessarily complicated, but it does require strict attention to detail. Your documentation, paperwork, and payment must be completed on time and in its entirety. Working with an experienced immmigration attorney to apply for a business visa can help ensure that everything is completed correctly so that it does not hold up your application.
Reach out to Zohar Law today and we’ll assist you in applying for a business visa.
Investor Visas FAQ
What Type of Visa Would an Investor Apply for?
Depending on your type of investment as well as how long you plan to live in the United States, there are two types of investor visas: the E-2 and the EB-5.
What Is the E-2 Visa?
The E-2 visa is a temporary, nonimmigrant visa designed for the treaty investor. In order to be eligible for this visa, you must invest money in an American company, work at that company during your stay, and originate from a country that has a treaty with the United States. This visa may allow you to live in America for up to five years, and the visa may be extended.
What Is the EB-5 Visa?
The EB-5 visa is an immigrant visa, meaning that it is meant to allow an individual to permanently reside in the United States. In order to be eligible for this visa, an individual must invest in an American company and that investment must help to create 10 full-time jobs for American citizens.
How Do I Get Started?
If you are interested in applying for a business visa, the team at Zohar Law can help. Our Manhattan immigration law firm is dedicated to assisting each and every one of our clients with their visa, green card, or any other immigration matter. Whether you speak English, Spanish, Arabic, or Hebrew, we can help. And, we always provide each of our clients with a free consultation to get started. This allows us to get to know your case and determine what the best course of action is. Reach out to us today to schedule your consultation.
Temporary Religious Worker Visa FAQ
What Type of Visa Should a Religious Worker Apply For?
An individual who plans to come to the United States to work in a religious capacity should apply for a R-1 visa.
Is the R-1 Visa Temporary or Permanent?
The R-1 visa is a temporary, nonimmigrant visa. It is initially issued for 30 months and can be renewed one time, equaling a total of 60 months, or five years.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the R-1 Visa?
The individual must be coming to the US to work in a religious vocation or occupation.
The individual must work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
The individual must be a member of the same religious denomination that they plan to work for in the US for at least two years before applying.
The individual must be employed by a non-profit religious organization.
How Long Can I Stay in the US With a Business Visa?
The length of time you can remain in the United States on a business visa will vary from visa to visa. Some business visas are considered immigrant visas, which are designed to allow an individual to remain in the US on a permanent basis. Others are considered nonimmigrant visas, which allow individuals to remain in the US on only a temporary basis. Even nonimmigrant business visas can allow you to live in America for years at a time, as long as you continue to remain compliant with the requirements of the visa and can show that you have intent to return to your country of origin.
To learn more about business visas, reach out to the team at Zohar Law today.
NAFTA Professional Visa FAQ
What Is NAFTA and How Does the TN Visa Work?
The North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, allows Candian and Mexican citizens to come to America to work in prearranged business activities. The job must be one of the NAFTA-approved occupations listed on their website.
The TN visa is not capped, meaning there is no waiting list, and visas are granted every day of the year.
Is the TN Visa Temporary or Permanent?
The TN visa is temporary. It allows Candian and Mexican citizens to work in the US for up to three years. The visa can be renewed in additional three-year increments. There is no cap on how many times the visa can be renewed. However, the individual must be able to prove that they have intent to leave the US rather than stay on a permanent basis.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the TN Visa?
The individual must have a job or job offer in one of the professions listed on the NAFTA website.
The individual must be a Candanian or Mexican citizen.
The individual must hold the degree, certificate, or experience that is required to perform the job.
The individual must be able to provide a letter of support from their employer.
I’m in Need of a Visa, but I’m Not Traveling for Business. Can Zohar Law Still Help?
Yes! At Zohar Law, we are a full-service immigration law firm. Whether you are coming to the United States for business, as a student, or are looking to obtain permanent residency or citizenship, we can help. We handle immigration cases of all kinds, both simple and complex, and our team is here to help you any way that we can. We offer all new clients a free, no-obligation consultation to get started. This gives us a chance to get to know you as well as your specific needs and goals, so that we can better understand