The search for gainful employment can involve many compromises and changes. For some people that means traveling to the United States on a work visa.
A work visa is a document that authorizes a foreign-born alien to work in the United States. Work visas can temporarily authorizes an alien to work in the U.S. or it can allow permanent residence in the United States.
A temporary work visa costs around $190 USD to apply. For work-related green cards the initial filing fee is $750 with up to $1,225 in additional fees and a separate $85 biometrics fee.
The average work-related green card takes around 20 months. The wait time for a temporary worker interview is between 21 and 78 days.
There are 22 categories of temporary worker that can come to the United States. These range from residents of certain countries, such as those in NAFTA treaties with the U.S., to certain professions, such as seasonal agricultural workers.
There are five categories of work-related green card applicants. They are individuals of extraordinary ability, individuals with advanced degrees, professionals and skilled workers, “special immigrants,” and investors in U.S. businesses.