Overview of Temporary Work Visas for Philadelphia Immigrants

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USCIS issues tens of thousands of temporary work visas each year.

Philadelphia, PA- There are several temporary work visas available for immigrants who would like to work in the U.S. on a limited basis. With a temporary work (nonimmigrant) work visa, a foreign-born national, has permission to work and live in the states as long as their visa is still valid. In this article, USAttorneys will give an overview of the temporary work visas available to immigrants.

Temporary work visas are issued for a limited period and are nonimmigrant visas which are issued to individuals who don’t plan on immigrating to the U.S. There is a broad range of temporary work visas available and are outlined on the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services website. There are nearly two dozen temporary work visas available to immigrants, but out a team of immigration lawyers serving Pennsylvania will discuss a few of the more common temporary work visas.

H-1B visas are the most sought after temporary visas in the U.S.

H-1B Skilled Worker Visa

H-1B visas are highly desired work visas which are granted to immigrants who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the fields of science, medicine, education, finance and more. About 85,000 H-1B visas are issued by the USCIS every year, and they run out quickly.

Even though the USCIS classifies an H-1B visa as a temporary work visa, it is actually a dual-intent visa which allows the holder to apply for permanent residency as long as an employer or family member sponsors them.

H-2A Seasonal Agricultural Visa

The H-2A visa is also popular and is issued for seasonal work in the agriculture industry. H-2A visas are only valid for a short time when demand for labor is highest in the industry. Immigrants who apply for this visa category must have prior experience and must be sponsored by an employer. There are approximately 66,000 H-2A visas each year, and holders are given permission to travel freely as long as their visa is valid.

H-2B Skilled and Unskilled Visa

An H-2B is also a temporary work visa issued to skilled or unskilled workers in the hospitality industries to fill positions during peak season. H-2B visa applicants do not have to hold an advanced degree, but they must be sponsored by an employer.

An immigration lawyer has the knowledge and skills to ensure you get a temporary work visa.

An immigration lawyer has the knowledge and skills to ensure you get a temporary work visa.

TN Visa for Canadian and Mexican Workers

The TN visa is another temporary work visa specifically reserved for professionals from Canada and Mexico. The TN visa is valid for one and can be renewed on a yearly basis with no limits on the number of times an immigrant can apply. But to be granted this type of visa and immigrant must meet the educational and licensing requirements dictated by their profession and must be sponsored by a U.S. employer.

These are just a few of the many temporary work visas available to immigrants who want to work in the U.S. for a short period. If you are an employer or an immigrant and need help obtaining a temporary work visa for yourself or someone else, USAttorneys recommends you speak with an expert in immigration law. We have a knowledgeable team of immigration attorneys in Philadelphia to assist you with a visa application or other immigration need.