If your spouse is accompanying you to the USA, it can be challenging for them to get work authorization. Having a US work visa will allow them to contribute to expenses and help your family be more financially settled in the USA. So, it is essential to explore the available options. Below are the most accessible visa pathways for foreign nationals and their spouses to work in the USA:
H-1B Visa: allows foreign workers in specialty occupations to work in the USA. The visa is initially valid for three years and can be extended, possibly leading to permanent residence. It is mandatory to have a job offer and the required skills to obtain this visa. Spouses of H-1B workers can legally work in the USA by obtaining an H-4 Visa (Employment Authorization Document).
E-1 Visa (Treaty Traders) allows people from countries with which the USA maintains certain treaties to engage in international trade in the USA. Typically, business owners and investors can be eligible for this visa. The initial period of stay is two years, and you can get an extension an unlimited number of times. Spouses have the same period of stay as the trader and can apply for employment authorization by submitting Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization).
E-2 Visa (Treaty Investors) allows people from countries with which the USA maintains certain treaties to enter the USA by making a substantial capital investment in a US business. The initial period of stay is two years and can be extended an unlimited number of times. Spouses have the same period of stay as the investor and can apply for employment authorization by submitting Form I-765.
L-1 Visa: allows intra-company transferees who work in managerial or executive positions (L-1A) or possess specialized knowledge (L-1B) to work in a US office, partner, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of their company, or set up a new US office for their company. The visa is initially valid for one year with the provision of extension to a total of seven years (L-1A) or five years (L-1B). Spouses of L-1 workers migrate through the L-2 visa classification and can be authorized to work without restrictions by submitting a Form I-765.
To find out about the detailed eligibility requirements for each pathway, identify an appropriate US work visa for the spouse, and receive professional support for documentation and application filing, consult seasoned experts with more than 26 years of experience in providing legal immigration services – by calling 8595338595 or writing to [email protected].