There are a variety of instances in which a foreign born citizen may wish to come to the United States temporarily. Many times, it is to work. In this case, he or she would need a ‘visa’ – this is the permit required by the United States to enter the country lawfully. For work, whether temporary or permanent, one would have to specify in detail the nature of their work, the length of their stay, and the type of visa which will be required.
Filing for a temporary work visa necessitates a lot of paperwork, and can be a long and confusing legal process. If you or someone you love needs a temporary work status lawyer to represent you, call our temporary work visa immigration attorneys at the Law Office of David A. Breston. We experienced in handling all immigration procedures, and can help you through every step of being accepted into the country. Call (713) 224-4040 today for a free consultation.
A visa is a permit to apply to enter the United States. A non-immigrant visa is given to someone who lives in another country and wishes to come temporarily to the United States for a specific purpose. Non-immigrant visas are given to people such as tourists, business people, students, temporary workers, and diplomats. Foreign citizens must apply for a visa at an American embassy or consulate abroad, when desiring to travel to the United States. A consular officer decides whether the traveler is qualified for a visa.
The visa classifies whether the visit as business, tourism, etc. Each visa classification has its own requirements regarding how long a person can stay in the U.S. and what activities (eg. work, study, perform) are allowed. The visa is usually valid for multiple visits to the United States during a specified period of time. Some nonimmigrant visa categories require that the foreign national apply for the visa directly with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad. Other visa categories require that a petition first be filed by the foreign national or his employer and approved by the Department of Homeland Security’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a port-of-entry in the United States, such as an international airport, a seaport or a land border crossing. At the port-of-entry, an officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decides whether to allow him to enter and how long he can stay. An Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94) is created by the DHS officer when the traveler is inspected upon arrival in the United States. It is sometimes possible for someone who is in the U.S. in one non-immigrant visa category to change to a different one. This is called an “exchange of status” and requires that an application be filed and approved by USCIS.
Below is a listing of some of the common temporary U.S. visa classifications and links to detailed information provided by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. FosterQuan is not responsible for the content of the articles. Changes in immigration laws and policies occur frequently and the articles may not be immediately updated.
Clearly there are many ways for a person to apply for nonimmigrant temporary work status, but they would have to prove that whichever designation they are seeking strictly applies to them.
Foreign born workers – which includes refugees, legally and illegally admitted immigrants as well as those granted temporary visa status – comprise almost 17 percent of the U.S. workforce. Hispanics account for 49 percent of it, and the median weekly earnings were $687, compared to $817 for the native born counterpart.
Foreign workers were about twice as likely to work in fields such as the service industry, production, transportation, construction or maintenance. The disparity was greatest when it came to women working in the service industry. Approximately 32 percent of foreign born women worked here, while only 19 percent of native born women said the same.
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