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Work Authorization in the U.S. for Immigrants

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If you are an immigrant to the United States who is seeking the ability to work, you will need to gain authorization from the government in order to do so. To find out if you're eligible and what the process is, contact an immigration attorney in New York City at the Law Office of Patricia M. Machado, P.C. She can review your matter and see if you are eligible for a specific type of work authorization. She provides an honest, qualified opinion on whether or not you have a case worth pursuing.

Call (646) 355-1560 or contact Law Office of Patricia M. Machado, P.C. online for a case review with a New York City immigration attorney regarding work authorization in the United States.  Se habla Español.

Seeking Authorization to Work?

If you are looking to work in the U.S. you will need to have either a permanent resident card (Green Card), an employment authorization document, or a work visa. The process of applying for these can be complicated and time-consuming. Get help from an immigration lawyer with experience in the application process.

Types of Work Authorization

Many employment-based visas are available. Even the application process can vary depending on which type is right for your situation. Below are the types of work authorization cases the government recognizes.

Types of employment situations:

  • Temporary worker: This is a nonimmigrant who is staying for a limited time and for a specific purpose.
  • Permanent worker: An immigrant who will permanently live and work in the country.
  • Students and exchange visitors: Students seeking to work while studying in the U.S.
  • Temporary visitors for business: Requires a B-1 visa unless eligible under the Visa Waiver Program.

If your matter matches any of the ones listed above, you may seek authorization to work. Contact the Law Office of Patricia M. Machado, P.C. for help from an experienced work authorization lawyer in Manhattan.

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Our firm dedicates a large part of our practice to helping immigrants gain the rights and benefits to which they are entitled. We offer affordable legal service on the belief that everyone should have the ability to be professionally and capably represented. Attorney Patricia M. Machado has more than two decades of experience and is committed to gaining security in her clients’ cases. Contact us today for a review.

Types of Work Visas in the U.S.

There are many types of visas that can authorize you to work in the United States depending on your situation. Visas are divided into immigrant and non-immigrant visas:

Immigrant Work Visas

  • EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa
  • EB-1 Multinational Executive Visa
  • EB-2 Advanced Degree Visa

Non-Immigrant Work Visas

  • H-1B Visa
  • L-1 Visa
  • O-1 Visa
  • E-1 Visa
  • TN Visa

How to Petition for an H-1B Visa

In order to petition for an H-1B visa, your employer will be required to complete forms, pay fees, and provide evidence to the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). Below are the steps to petitioning for an H-1B visa. The employer must:

  1. Submit the LCA (Labor Condition Application) to the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA). This is valid for 3 years.
  2. When it is approved, the employer must file a Form I-129 (Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker). First, pay the filing fee(s) per the instructions on the form.

  3. Collect all evidence to prove the applicant’s education and relationship to the employer. This may include educational history, training certificates, resume, employment agreement, etc.

  4. Sign, file, and submit all evidence with the Form I-129. Make sure you file it at the correct location according to the instructions on the form.

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To see which type of work authorization is right for you, speak with a lawyer during a case evaluation. Call (646) 355-1560 today.  Se habla Español.

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