Nonimmigrant visas are available to foreign nationals who wish to enter the United States for a temporary period of time for a specific purpose; some visas permit work, others study or tourism. For some visitors from certain countries, the visa requirement is waived and can enter the U.S. on the Visa Waiver program.
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There are several types of nonimmigrant visas that allow a foreign national to work in the U.S. These include:
H-1B (professionals), for individuals who will be employed and sponsored by a U.S company in a specialty occupation (one which typically requires a bachelor’s degree).
TN (professionals) similar to the H-1B but only for nationals of Canada and Mexico.
H-1B1 (professionals) similar to the H-1B but only for nationals of Singapore and Chile.
E-3 (professionals) similar to the H-1B but only for nationals of Australia.
L-1 (intracompany transferees), for managers, executives or essential employees, transferring from a foreign company to its U.S. operations; also available for companies seeking a U.S. startup.
E (treaty traders and investors), for certain treaty nationals who invest in a U.S. business or engage in substantial trade who are coming to the U.S. to direct their business or as a special skilled employee.
O-1 (extraordinary ability or achievement), for highly skilled foreign nationals who have achievements in the arts, sciences, business, or athletics.
P (athletes and entertainers), for internationally recognized foreign nationals, including performing groups.
I (journalists/media representative) for foreign journalists working for a foreign media outlet in the United States.
R-1 (religious workers), for workers who come to the U.S. to take on a religious occupation and perform services for their sponsoring religious organization.