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U.S work visas: what you need to know about visa requirements

If you’re a foreign national looking to obtain work in Indiana or anywhere within the United States, you need to go through the process of obtaining a work visa. Only then would you be allowed to enter the country and obtain work legally. Several factors contribute to the type of work visa you will be allowed to obtain. The following includes a list of the types of work visas available and the eligibility requirements for each one.

U.S. green cards

A green card holder is allowed to be a permanent resident within the United States if they are offered a long-term job. However, obtaining a green card is quite difficult as it is based on a lottery system. In terms of requirements, immigrants must typically hold an advanced degree in the fields of science, business, art, education or athletics, to name a few.

Annual green card lottery program

The green card lottery program takes place every year and is a randomly selected lottery system that offers immigrants permanent residence. However, those wanting to be apart of this lottery must enter their application months or even years in advance.

Exchange visitor visas

This type of work visa was created to allow foreign nationals to experience life in the U.S. This type of visa is allowed to those seeking to work as au pairs, camp counselors or visiting college students.

Seasonal agricultural worker visas

Immigration laws state that foreign nationals can come over to the United States to work within the agricultural industry. This type of work is usually given on a seasonal or temporary basis. Immigrants wanting to take advantage of this visa must be from one of the countries listed on the USCIS website.

Obtaining a visa can seem straightforward, but the reality is that you may face a number of obstacles along the way. Hiring an experienced attorney may make the process move more smoothly.