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Get a US Work Visa Without a Job Offer

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Work Visas That Do Not Require a Job Offer

Normally, a job offer will be required of you when you want to work permanently as an immigrant or temporarily as a nonimmigrant in the United States. Some of you have probably heard that not all US work visas are issued on an approved petition filed on behalf of the worker by the prospective employee. Some permanent work visas that do not require a job offer and a sponsor in the US are EB-1, EB-4, and EB-5.

An EB-1 visa is intended for those who have exceptional and extraordinary expertise in sciences, education, arts, business, or athletics; and for multinational managers and executives. An EB-4 visa is given to people under special circumstances for which they are called special immigrants. To name a few, religious workers and employees of US foreign service posts fall under this preference category. An EB-5 visa, which is known as investor visa, is reserved for business people who can invest at least $500,000 under certain circumstances.

The permanent work visa categories that require a job offer from an employer that will serve as a sponsor are EB-2 and EB-3. If you have a sponsor for your employment and the prescribed quality of education, work experience, and appropriate skills, you may be eligible for a permanent job in the United States. In all cases, when an employer is required to sponsor a worker, the employer must file with USCIS a nonimmigrant or an immigrant petition on behalf of the person seeking to come to the United States for temporary or permanent employment.

If you have trouble applying for a US work visa in spite of your eligibility and the fulfillment of the minimum requirements on the type of visa you are applying for, we would like to hear from you. You can always trust an established firm that has been practicing immigration law for over 15 years.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

46 thoughts on “Get a US Work Visa Without a Job Offer

  1. Noman Qureshi

    Hi ;

    I have been working in Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan, which is multinational bank.

    I have been working here for almost eleven years. Currently I am Senior Manager – Risk and Control Unit, Standard Chartered Bank.

    Can you please guide me, whether I am eligible for US work visa (EB 1) as I work a senior manager in a multination bank or with out job offer.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Noman,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may certainly be eligible for a US work visa, but we do need to take a closer look at your case to determine this for you. We would love to help you during this process. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. Zoheb Channa

    Hi I am from Pakistan looking for job in USA I I am doing bachelor in marketing major will complete graduation in december 2017. I don’t have any sponsorship. Can I get visa without any sponsorship?

    Thanks
    Looking forward to your response

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Zoheb,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible for a visa, but we will have to take a closer look at your case to determine your eligibility. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Alex

    I am Canadian citizen ,I heard if I open a company in U.S ,I can go to work in U.S?
    Also can I bring my family too?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Yes, you may be able to work in the US, and family sponsorship may be an option, but we need to take a closer look at your case to determine the best immigration plan for you. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. Elizabeth Roché

    Hi

    My son has qualifications as a Yacht master and Scuba Dive Instructor and a lot of experience.
    I would like to assist him in obtaining a work visa so he can seek permanent employment in his field in Fort Lauderdale or Miami.
    Would that be possible without any specific job offers?
    It would seem there is quite a bit of positions available, but could he apply for the position, and will the employer help him to obtain a work visa?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Elizabeth

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Your son may be eligible to apply for one of these positions and obtain a work visa, however we would have to take a closer look at your case to determine this. With an offer of employment, it is likely that the employer would help your son obtain a work visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. Sravan

    Hi

    i am Sravan bandi, i have 5.5 years of experience in pharmaceutical company in regulatory affairs department submission to USFDA, i am expertise in regulatory affairs environment with key exposure to regulatory submissions and filing to US FDA. Do you help me out, how to get work visa, do you provide any job offers from your end…? I tried for some companies but they are not going to provide any sponsorship.

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Sravan,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your experience, we may be able to help you get a work visa and find a potential job offer. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  6. Haitham Albakri

    Hi

    I just graduated as Engineer from German University, and I got an offer from a company in the USA, do I need to have a work experience to get a work visa?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Haitham,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Congratulations on your offer! We would love to help you obtain a work visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  7. Vicente Velasco

    Hi! I am currently working in Dubai with 11 years experience in health insurance. My sister is a resident in USA for almost 4 years now. I just want to know, can I apply for an immigrant visa even without a petition or a sponsor? Is it worth it to take a chance and apply? Can my sister petition me even she’s just holding a resident visa and not a citizen of USA? Thanks a lot!

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Vicente,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We will have to take a closer look at your case to see what we could do to help you. You may still be eligible for a visa in order to immigrate to the United States. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  8. Amy Atwell

    Hi,
    I am a British Citizen and I’m currently interning (not paid work) at a non-profit in the USA under a visitor/volunteer visa. I am considering coming back to work for the non-profit and may have a possible job offer but I don’t have a degree. What visa would be best for this situation and how does sponsorship from the non-profit work?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Amy,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you obtain the appropriate visa and give you information about sponsorship. First, we have to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  9. kali charan

    Hello I’m charan I’m from India ..I’m 30 and I want to work in the US and I have 4 years work experience in shipping line ..I’m a shipping clerk and I want to apply for work visa …since most of companies like CMA//MAERSK/MSC all are required work permit before applying to any kind of jobs , i have applied several position for those companies in USA but i never get response since i dint have work permit can you please guide/help me

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Kali,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Unfortunately, we are not a job searching company, but with your work experience, we may be able to help you obtain a work visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  10. Omar L.

    Hello,

    The global company I’m currently working for has a lot of job offers in the US, however employees like me from other countries cannot apply because this company does not offer US Visa Sponsorship.

    Is there anything I can do on my side to get a working visa and be able to apply to those jobs? I am well qualified for most of them, but I do not fill this requisite.

    Thank you in advance and kind regards,

    Omar L.

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Omar,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your work experience, you may be eligible for a US visa. We would be more than happy to help you with this process. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  11. YOGESH

    Hello I’m YOGESH I’m from India ..I’m 19 and I want to work in the US and I have 4 years work experience in dental line ..I’m a dental assistant and I want to apply for work visa …I want to go there look for a job …Is that possible ..Thanks

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Yogesh,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your work experience, you may be eligible for a US visa. We have helped thousands of clients immigrate to the U.S. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  12. James

    Hey

    I’m a Designer from Romania, currently based in London. I was wondering if there’s any way to get a US work visa without a University Degree (only attended for 2 years then dropped out), giving the fact that I have 8+ years of experience in the field.
    Also, do I need an offer to go through the Visa process or can I get the visa and then go looking for a job?

    Thanks!

    Reply
  13. Eddy

    Hello

    I wonder if you can help.

    I am a British citizen and I have already worked in the U.S. last year at a business in Freehold New Jersey, this was only for 2 weeks though as it is the sister factory to the one I work for in England, and I was just their to help start a new production line up. Since then they have offered me a permanent job role in the factory in Freehold but unfortunately they will not sponsor me. I do have a HNC in manufacturing engineering, but not a full degree. Do you believe there is any way I could get a visa.

    regards

    Eddy

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Eddy,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! We would love to help you obtain a work visa here in the United States. We have helped thousands of clients in a similar situation as yours, and we may be able to help you as well. With your HNC in manufacturing engineering, you may be eligible for the work visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  14. Randy1111

    Hi!

    Im from Philippines and have a tourist visa for 6months. I’m planning to visit us this summer is it possible for me to apply directly to the company? I’m a post graduate and had an experience in a call center industry for almost 2yrs.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Randy. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you once we know all the details of your current situation. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. Sunil

    Hie,
    My name is Sunil & I’m from Mumbai, India. I’m a Commerce post graduate.
    I want to get a US Visa in a few years time but don’t know how to go about it as I don’t have a sponsor.

    Kindly help!!!

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sunil. We will need to know a lot more about your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
    2. Mika Malabanan

      Hi, I want to work in the US but I don’t have an employer yet. Can you help me with this? Thank you!

      Reply
      1. Immigration Lawyers

        Hi Mika,
        Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! Unfortunately, we are not a job searching company, but we can help you obtain a work visa so that you may be able to work within the United States. I do need to know a bit more about you and your case to help you with your immigration journey. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring about. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

        The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

        Reply
  16. Lucy Callan

    Hi

    I am a British citizen and currently work in the Oil & Gas Industy.
    I am looking to move to the US and start a new life over there is it possible to obtain a work visa with out a sponsor which will enable me to make my move?
    Thanks in advance.

    Lucy

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Lucy. You will first need a job offer from a US company. You can search the US job boards such as http://www.monster.com or http://www.indeed.com . Once you have your job offer, we can help you obtain the work visa that you will need to come to the US.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
      1. Guru Prakash

        Hi Sir, I already have a job offer in US but not sure how to get the work visa employer is not sponsoring the visa. Could you please help me if there is a way to obtain the visa from my end.

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Guru. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  17. Sean Dillon

    Hello my girlfriend is a spanish citizen and would like to come to the us and be able to work while she is here.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hi Sean. We will need to know a lot more about your girlfriend’s situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  18. Leigh White

    Hello, I am planning on accompanying my partner to the US who will be immigrating via a sponsored scholar programme on a J1 Visa. We are not married and i will require a working Visa but i do not have a offer of employment. I have done my research and the US does not acknowledge common law partnerships so i am assuming i am therefore not eligible for a J2 visa nor a HB1 as i do not have employment in the US. Do you have any advise (apart from getting married)? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Leigh. You did not mention what your nationality is.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  19. Abby

    Hi team,
    I have specific skills which are very niche in US.I am looking to options to work in USA.I have applied in many firms and meet there education and experience criteria but as I don’t have work Visa, I always get the response that I can’t get sponsorship.
    Please suggest me How can I apply for work Visa without job Offer and if I can , than what’s the process to apply for that Visa?
    I am certified in Inpatient modules of Epic EMR.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Abby. Thank you for writing to us. We hear about situations like yours a lot. Most of the time, the potential employer is unsure what is required from the immigration point of view. A potential employer may not have to “sponsor” you. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. They will go over all the details that you will need to explain to the potential employer. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  20. Veronica Guthrie

    I am a primary teacher with a First Class Honors Degree and wish to move to the USA to teach at Elementary level. I have previously attempted to apply for teaching vacancies in American schools, but due to me not possessing a Social Security Number I have found this very difficult. Therefore, I have tried to apply for a working Visa and Green Card.

    However, after searching for information about exactly how to apply for a working Visa without a sponsor or definite job offer, I am confused as to how I should proceed.

    I would be very grateful if someone could advise me on how to continue with this process or point me in the direction of an agency in Scotland that I could speak to for advice.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Veronica. If you are looking to teach in the US, you will need to find a job from a US educational institution prior to obtaining a work visa. Exceptions to that would be if you were deemed to have exceptional talent, or if you wanted to invest in a business.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  21. Atta Seck

    Hello, i am a canadian Citizen looking to move to the united states for work. However, i do not have a job offer yet. How can i apply for a visa without a job offer. I don’t qualify Under any of the exceptional cases in the HB visas, i would like to explore a different options if possible.

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Atta. You definitely need a job offer form a US employer to obtain a work visa. Your other options are a study visa, investor visa ($500,000 minimum investment), or marriage.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  22. Valter Fernandes

    Hello Michael, great information you gave there.
    I have previously worked in the US in an Oil and Gas company under a H1-B visa sponsorship. Unfortunately I lost my job due to personal cuts on the company and this made the foreigners the first to be let go.
    Now I have a very hard time to find a job in the U.S. since no company supports for visa sponsorship anymore.
    It is a shame. Even though I consider myself to have a great set of skills valuable for the industry, my job applications are not even considered due to not have a work visa already.

    I wonder how magnificent you have to be to actually get an EB-1 visa?

    Reply

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