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US Visa Update November 2019 is a highly influential visa services business and is one of the most popular visa related sites in the World. Millions of people a year visit a site. Our news reports appear as top news stories in google search around the World.

US visas can be difficult to obtain, with the options for entry somewhat limited.  If you wish to live and work in the US and entry is not based on family, then usually you need to have a job offer or you need to start a business.  Even with a job offer it can be difficult obtaining a work visa for the US.  It has become more difficult under Donald Trump to obtain non-immigrant work visas such as the L1 visaE2 visaH1B visaB1 in lieu of H1B visa and H2B visa. Below we cover briefly details for some popular US temporary work visa categories:

L1 Visa for Intra-Company Transfers:

  • To come under the L1 visa you need to have worked for the business outside the US for one year in the last three years.
  • You need to be transferred to the US office to work in a management, executive under L1A visa or specialized knowledge worker under L1B visa.
  • The business outside the US needs to continue operating.
  • It can be used by business owners.
  • There is no real investment requirement in the US and No Quota.
  • Unless under blanket filing or unless you are a Canadian citizen, difficult to obtain with extensive documentation requirements.
  • Spouses can easily work with work authorisation.

E2 Visa for Treaty Investors

  • E2 Treaty visa is based on treaties between the US and various Countries around the World and so based on nationality.
  • E2 Registration is required initially which can be a difficult and complicated process.
  • It is available for Management, Executive, Supervisory Level and Essential Skills employees.
  • If Registration is yet to be obtained, may need to show that investment has been made and that “money has been put at risk” even before the visa is granted or that money is held in escrow.
  • Under the Trump administration it seems that the E2 visa category is more difficult to obtain with a greater risk of refusal than before.
  • There is No Quota.
  • Spouses can easily work with work authorisation.
  • Unless entry based on being family members, Indians and Chinese and many other nationalities are unable to apply.

B1 in Lieu of H1B visa

  • B1 in lieu of H1B visa allows entry for degree or “degree equivalent” level staff being sent over to the US.
  • Fast processing, hopefully within about two weeks.
  • Limited entry for six months at a time probably for up to one year.
  • More difficult to obtain under Trump administration.  May also be difficult to obtain further visas after the first year under Trump administration.
  • No Quota.

H1B Visa for Specialty Occupations

  • The heavily oversubscribed Quota makes the H1B visa difficult to obtain in most cases.
  • Meant for degree level applicants or “degree equivalent” applicants.
  • H1B visa quota typically runs out near the beginning of April each year.
  • For most new H1B visa applicants you cannot start work until October in the same year.
  • Salary rates are heavily regulated and you need to pay the prevailing wage.
  • H1B visa has been targeted by Donald Trump so is becoming more difficult, especially for Indians.
  • In most cases spouses find it difficult to gain the right to work in the US.

H2B Visa for non-agricultural skilled or unskilled work

  • H2B visa can be used for a wide range of work that is non-agricultural.
  • Quota means that it is frequently unavailable.
  • Requires Temporary Labour Certification.
  • Can be difficult to obtain.
  • Likely to be valid only for short periods of time. can help with your visa application. is a specialist visa consultancy with  thirty years of experience dealing with visa applications and is one of the top visa related websites in the world.

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