If you are interested in entering the United States on a work permit, you will have to decipher whether you fall under its eligibility criteria. This complex legal matter can easily become more complex with all the different types of non-immigrant work visas available to you. Continue reading to learn whether you should apply for an H-1B, L1, or TN visa and how an experienced Lyndhurst employment immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta can help you select the one that best suits you.
Should I apply for an H-1B or L1 visa?
You may apply for an H-1B visa if you are qualified to retain a specialty occupation in the United States. That is, a specialty occupation requires a theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a certain technical field. Usually, these occupations require a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in work experience. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Work related to accounting.
- Work related to architecture.
- Work related to biotechnology.
- Work related to education law.
- Work related to engineering.
- Work related to mathematics.
- Work related to medicine and health.
- Work related to physical sciences.
- Work related to social sciences.
What’s more, an H-1B visa lasts for three years, but with extensions, for a cumulative maximum of six years.
Contrastingly, you may apply for an L1 visa if you are qualified for an intracompany transfer to the United States. More specifically, the L-1A visa is for those who hold executive and managerial capacities at their place of employment, while the L-1B visa is for those who hold integral knowledge that extends beyond the norm of their industry. Such integral knowledge may have to do with any one of the following:
- Integral knowledge of a company’s equipment.
- Integral knowledge of a company’s management.
- Integral knowledge of a company’s products and/or services.
- Integral knowledge of a company’s research and/or findings.
- Integral knowledge of a company’s techniques.
Of note, an L1 visa generally lasts for seven years.
Do I qualify for a TN visa?
Lastly, you may be eligible for a TN visa if you are either Canadian or Mexican, and if you are seeking temporary, professional work in the United States. Such professional work requires a certain level of education, all while falling into one of the 63 approved occupations. Examples of these approved occupations are as follows:
- Work related to chemistry.
- Work related to consulting.
- Work related to dentistry.
- Work related to occupational therapy.
- Work related to pharmacy.
- Work related to physical therapy.
- Work related to physics.
- Work related to psychology.
- Work related to teaching.
If you are still unsure which work visa is right for you, you must consult with a skilled Lyndhurst employment immigration attorney as soon as possible. Schedule your initial consultation with us today.