Working and living in the US is a dream for many people. We receive inquires from people wishing to live and work in the US on a regular basis. In most cases, in order to work in the US, you need a US Work Permit which requires a US job offer from a employer in the US. US Work Permits such as H-1B Visas, TN Visas and O-1 Visas for example all require US job offers. However, in some cases, a US Work Permit can be obtained by starting your own business. An E2 Visa may be most appropriate in this case. Or if you are being transfered from your existing business or company located outside the US to a new or existing US office, then an L1 Visa may be necessary.
The various options for US Work Permits can be overwhelming. We call it the “alphabet soup” dilemma. Do you require an O, E, H, L, R, TN Visa to work in the US? It all depends on various factors such as your own educational and work credentials, the duration of intended employment in the US, and the nature of work. And to make matters more complicated, each work permt has its own specific procedures and processing times.
The particular US Work Permit that is right for you should be determined by an immigration lawyer who can assess your situation and provide you with the proper advice accordingly.
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