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Temporary Work Visas

by Hamid R. Kashani, Attorney at Law
Nov 07, 2018

A variety of nonimmigrant work visas are available to foreign nationals who wish to come to the United States on a temporary basis to work. Some are listed here.

Visa Code Description Comments
CW1 Transitional Workers for CNMI only Individuals coming to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) on a temporary basis to work as nonimmigrant workers, where they would not be eligible for other forms of temporary worker visa.
E-1 Treaty Traders Citizens of countries, which maintain commerce or navigation treaties with the United States, coming here to engage in qualified trade.
E-2 Treaty Investors Citizens of countries, which maintain commerce or navigation treaties with the United States, coming here to participate in operation of a business in which they have a substantial investment.
E-3 Australian Specialty Workers Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia.
J-1 Exchange Visitor Individuals coming to the United States on a temporary basis to participate in a variety of capacities, some of which would allow for employment.
J-2 Spouses and Minor Children of J-1 Holders Spouses and minor children (unmarried and under 21) of J-1 visa holders.
H-1B Temporary Specialty Professionals Qualified professionals coming to the United States on a temporary basis to work in specialty occupations.
H-1B1 Temporary Specialty Professionals from Chile & Singapore Qualified professionals from Chile or Singapore coming to the United States on a temporary basis to work in specialty occupations.
H-1B2 U.S. Department of Defense Researcher and Development Project Worker Qualified individuals engaged in cooperative research and development projects with the U.S. Department of Defense
H-1B3 Fashion Model Reserved for fashion models of prominence having “distinguished merit and ability”
H-1C Registered Nurse No longer available. Expired on December 20, 2009.
H-2A Agricultural Workers Temporary or seasonal work. Only nationals of certain countries designated by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security are eligible for this visa.
H-2B Non-Agricultural Workers Temporary workers for one time occurrence, seasonal need, peak load need, or intermittent need. Requires Temporary Labor Certification
H3 Nonimmigrant Trainee Providing training for an alien who ultimately will utilize his or her training outside of the United States. The training must not be available in the alien's homeland.
I Representatives of Foreign Media The alien must be coming to the United States solely to represent a foreign media company with offices overseas. Spouse and minor children of the visa holder may accompany, or follow-to-join, them. They may not work here, but may study without obtaining a student visa.
L-1A Intra-company Transferee Executive or Manager  
L-1B Intra-company Transferee with Specialized Knowledge  
L-2 Spouses and Minor Children of L Visa Holders Spouses and minor children (unmarried and under 21) of L-1A & L-1B visa holders.
O-1A &
O-1B
Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement in the Sciences, Education, Business, or Athletics (O-1A) or in the Arts, Motion Picture or Television Industry (O-1B) Individuals, who “demonstrate extraordinary ability by sustained national or international acclaim" and who are coming to the United States to "continue work in the area of extraordinary ability.”
O-2 Assistants to O-1 Visa Holders Individuals coming to the United States to assist in O-1 visa holder performance.
O-3 Spouses and Minor Children of O Visa Holders Spouses and minor children (unmarried and under 21) of O-1 & O-2 visa holders.
P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete Internationally recognized athletes or athletic team members coming to the United States temporarily to participate in an athletic event.
P-1B Member of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group Members of internationally recognized entertainment group coming to the United States for a performance or competition.
P-2 Performer or Group Performing under Reciprocal Exchange Program Members of internationally recognized entertainment group coming to the United States for a performance or competition.
P-3 Artist or Entertainer Part of a Culturally Unique Program Artists who are coming to the United States on a temporary basis to perform, teach, or coach under a culturally unique program.
P-4 Spouses and Minor Children of P Visa Holders Spouses and minor children (unmarried and under 21) of P-1, P-2, & P-3 visa holders.
Q Cultural Exchange Individuals coming to the United States on a temporary basis to participate in international cultural exchange program. The petition must be filed by employers who administer cultural exchange programs.
R-1 Temporary Religious Workers Individuals coming to the United States on a temporary basis to work as ministers or in other religious capacity.
R-2 Spouses and Minor Children of R Visa Holders Spouses and minor children (unmarried and under 21) of R-1 visa holders.
TN NAFTA Professionals NAFTA Professionals coming to the United States on a temporary basis to work in qualified positions.
TD Spouses and Minor Children of TN Visa Holders Spouses and minor children (unmarried and under 21) of NAFTA Professionals.

 

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