How can I apply for a nonimmigrant visa so I can work in New Jersey?


Before a nonimmigrant worker can apply for a work visa, USCIS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, must approve the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 first. After that happens, you can then proceed on to applying for a nonimmigrant work visa. The steps you are required to take may vary depending on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate you apply at so be aware that the process may run a bit differently than someone else.


If you are inquiring for a friend or family member, be sure to relay this information to them or have them contact an immigration and visa attorney in Jersey City, New Jersey if this is where they are attempting to come and work.


  1. Now, the first thing you need to do is complete the online visa application. This is Form DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Once you complete it, you will need to print the application form confirmation page and bring it with you to your interview whenever that time comes.
  2. You will then be asked to upload a photo of yourself during the time you complete the online Form DS-160. There are certain requirements that must be followed when uploading a photo and you can read about those here.
  3. Get your interview scheduled. If you are between the ages of 14-79, you are required to take part in an interview. Bear in mind that consular offices can require that an interview is conducted regardless of your age, although this is the general guideline they follow.
  4. If your form requires that you pay a fee before your interview, be sure to take care of that payment. The application fee for Form DS-160 is $190 and you will be subjected to an Issuance Fee but that depends on the country you live in.
  5. Gather all the required information that you will need to bring with you to your interview. This consists of:
  • The receipt number that is printed on your approved Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129 or Notice of Action, Form I-797.
  • A valid passport that allows you to travel to the U.S. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the time you are planning on staying in New Jersey.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, DS-160 confirmation page.
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Photo- If the photo you attempted to upload failed to do so, bring a printed copy with you to your interview.
  • Receipt number
  • L Visa applications- In the event you are included in an L blanket petition, you will need to bring Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition with you to your interview.

[Source: U.S. Visas].


Whether you are applying for a temporary work visa or another type of visa, knowing what the process entails to obtain it can help you be prepared once the time comes for you to apply. One of the best ways to become informed on the requirements you are expected to meet when submitting any type of application to USCIS is to speak with a Jersey City, New Jersey immigration attorney first.

With their help and knowledge, you are sure to feel prepared when applying for what it is you are requesting and will feel confident going into any type of immigration interview. Call to learn more about the immigration and visa attorneys we work with in Jersey City.