Foreign national professionals who do not have U.S. work authorization need to obtain the appropriate work visa before beginning employment in the United States. At Chenhalls Nissen, we represent individuals, along with colleges and universities, American companies, multinational corporations, and non-profit organizations that seek to employ foreign professionals in the United States.
Nonimmigrant Visas for Professionals
There are a number of options for foreign professionals, depending on their needs and qualifications. Temporary work visas for professionals include:
- H-1B Visa: Professionals filling positions that qualify as specialty occupations, which generally are professional-level jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree in a specialty field.
- L-1 Visa: Intracompany transferees coming to the United States to be employed by an affiliate company in executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge positions.
- TN Visa: Mexican and Canadian professionals who will be providing services in the U.S. in an occupation that falls under one of the qualifying categories.
- E-1/E-2 Visa: Individuals coming to the United States to be employed by a U.S. company that qualifies for E-visa status based on majority ownership by national(s) of a country with a qualifying treaty with the U.S. The individuals must have the same nationality as the owners of the company, and the U.S. position must be of an executive, supervisory, or essential employee capacity.
- E-3 Visa: Australian professionals filling positions that qualify as specialty occupations, which generally are professional-level jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree in a specialty field.
- O-1 Visa: Individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (O-1A) or the arts, motion pictures or television industry (O-1B).
Immigrant Visas for Professionals
Chenhalls Nissen also assists foreign professionals with the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident (green card holder). Please see our Employment-Based Permanent Residence page for more information.
Experienced Immigration Attorneys for Employment-Based Visas
Attorneys Kelley Chenhalls and Jennifer Nissen have concentrated their practice primarily in the area of employment-based immigration law for well over a decade. Chenhalls Nissen S.C., based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, assists employers and professionals in the United States with their immigration and visa needs.
We offer our clients up-to-date guidance on visa and immigration law, and take pride in our dedicated personal service and responsiveness to our clients’ needs. We invite you to learn more about our team, our services, and to contact Chenhalls Nissen to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.