Temporary Work Visa
Chicago Temporary Visa Lawyer
Key Considerations for Temporary Work Visas
At Ray Law International, we specialize in providing expert legal guidance for individuals and businesses seeking temporary work visas in Chicago. Our dedicated team of experienced immigration attorneys understands the complexities of U.S. immigration law and is committed to helping our clients secure the necessary visas to live and work in the Windy City. If you are an employer looking to bring in foreign talent or an individual with a job opportunity in Chicago, our firm is here to assist you throughout the temporary work visa process.
What is a Temporary Work Visa?
A Temporary Work Visa, often called a work permit, is a legal authorization granted by a host country's government that allows non-citizens to work within its borders for a limited period. This is a critical aspect of immigration law, and it plays a crucial role in facilitating global labor mobility and international business. As immigration lawyers at Ray Law International, we understand the complexities and nuances of temporary work visas and are committed to helping individuals and employers navigate this challenging terrain.
Various temporary worker visas are available, depending on your specific circumstances. Differentiating between the various types of employment visas can seem daunting, and it’s wise to consult an attorney who is experienced in immigration law to help you navigate the process.
Different Types of Temporary USA Worker Visas
To obtain a temporary work visa, the U.S. employer you intend to work for must petition U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Having this petition approved is necessary before you can initiate the process of applying for any type of temporary worker visa in the USA.
You can explore the various types of temporary worker visas on the U.S. Department of State website.
What Are Possible Steps or Obstacles?
Acquire Labor Certification
Some temporary work visas may require your expected employer to obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor. This certification would need to be granted before filing the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, with USCIS.
Await Petition Approval
Be aware that some temporary worker visa categories are limited in the total number of petitions that can be approved annually — if the quota for the particular type of visa you’re applying for has been reached for the year, your petition may not be authorized.
If your petition is approved, your anticipated employer will receive a Notice of Action, Form I-797 from USCIS.
After the USCIS approves the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), you can apply for a visa. It’s a good idea to consult the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you intend to apply for a clearer understanding of what the process will look like, but generally, the process follows certain guidelines.
Where Can I Apply for a Visa in Chicago?
Using the official U.S. Embassy website, you can find an embassy or consulate near you.
- Fill out Form DS-160 online.
- Be sure to have a photo that meets the visa photograph requirements to upload.
- Print the completed form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
Schedule an Interview
- Check with the embassy or consulate where you intend to apply to confirm that an interview is required.
- Generally, interviews are required for individuals between 14 and 79 years old.
- Strive to apply for your visa early, as wait times for interview appointments can be longer at certain locations.
Get Ready for Your Interview
- Read the instructions for interview preparation on the website of the embassy or consulate where you’ll apply.
- Pay fees (A non-refundable visa application fee may be required. You may also have to pay the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee and Border Security Act fee.)
Collect Required Documentation
- Passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond your time in the U.S.)
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
- Application fee payment receipt
- Photo (that was required for DS-160)
- Receipt number for your approved petition (You can find this on your completed Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Form I-129, or Notice of Action, Form I-797.)
- L Visa Applicants (L Visa applicants must bring Form I-129A, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition.)
- Proof of ties to your home country to show that you plan to return there after your temporary stay in the U.S. (You can show documents that attest to a residence in your home country, familial ties, finances, or future plans.)
- A consular officer will decide if you meet the requirements to receive a visa.
- Digital fingerprint scans will be taken.
- You’ll be notified if further administrative processing is needed in your application process.
- Using the U.S. Department of State website, check visa processing times.
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