Temporary Nonimmigrant Work Visas
Temporary nonimmigrant worker visas allow foreign citizens to come to the US to work for a US employer temporarily. To become a temporary worker, your employer must generally file a nonimmigrant petition on your behalf. Below is a list of the most common temporary nonimmigrant categories including their application procedures:
Note that H-1B and L-1 visas are Dual Intent Visas.
This means that a foreign national can work under one of these types of nonimmigrant visas, and also have the intent to and actually pursue US permanent resident status (their Green Card).
Generally, nonimmigrant visa applications require the applicant to attest to his/her intent to remain in the United States solely on a temporary basis. However, the USCIS permits H-1B and L visa holders to retain their non-immigrant status while seeking to obtain permanent residence under a doctrine known as dual intent
Further note, that although E visas are not specifically dual intent visas, there are situations in which an E visa holder may pursue an immigrant visa; our office has successfully filed immigrant petitions and Green Card applications for E visa holders.
Other Temporary Nonimmigrant Worker Visas
To date we have successfully processed over 14,000 H-1Bs, over 5,000 PERM-Based/RIR Labor Certifications and hundreds of E and L Visas. Let us help you through the petition process.