Get a US Work Visa Without a Job Offer

By Michael Niren May 14, 2012 (Updated May 27, 2021) 3 min. read
visas that do not require a job offer

Jobs That Do Not Require a Work Permit in USA

Many US visas require that a job offer has been made to you when you want to work in the United States. The reason that you need a job offer to qualify for those visas is that your employer will file a petition on the behalf of you, the employee. There are specific visas aimed at immigrating workers and non-immigrating workers. A non-immigrating worker is one that wants to work temporarily in the US before returning to their home nation. You will be sponsored by your company and will need to re-apply for a new visa if you chose to change your job while in the US. However, 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 United States are the EB-1, O-1 and EB-5 visas.

EB-1A Visa

An EB-1A visa is intended for those who have exceptional and extraordinary expertise in sciences, education, arts, business, or athletics; and for multinational managers and executives. It asks you to demonstrate that you are at the top of your field but does not require a job offer before beginning that application process. You can demonstrate that you are at the top of your field in several ways. This can be done using your publications, awards, business portfolio, or letters of reference. This is a highly selective visa which means that you must truly be exceptional. If you think that you might qualify for this type of visa, you can begin gathering your proof. However, you should speak with an immigration lawyer as they can help you to assess the strength of your candidacy.

EB-5 Visa

An EB-5 visa, which is known as an investor visa, is reserved for business people who can invest at least $500,000 under certain circumstances. This type of visa is typically seen as a path to a Green card. The person hoping to earn this type of visa must invest in the United States economy and this investment should generate jobs for US workers. This visa does not require a job offer, in fact, you will be creating jobs for others. Find out more about why you should consider investing in the United States. 

Permanent Work Visa Categories 

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.

Why Seeking Professional Help for Your Visa is Important

Beyond the decision about which visa to apply for, immigration requires a great deal of preparation. It includes assembling the proper paperwork, following the proper procedures and knowing where to file and when. With so many specific and timely requirements to fulfill, successful applications are often achieved with the help of a legal expert.

Why Hire Us to Help You With Your Investor Visa Immigration?

We have over 20 years of experience in handling applications and we know what steps and details immigration officers consider when deciding whether to approve or deny an application bid. We have helped thousands of individuals enter the United States and we can help you too. The first step is to fill out this assessment and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.