Definition: A visa is a document that provides authorization for travel to and admittance to the United States. Prior to visiting, working, or immigrating to the USA, a citizen of a foreign country generally must first obtain a US visa. The visa provides entry to the US and, depending on the type of visa obtained, may provide authorization for employment in the US.
Having a visa does not guarantee entry to the US, however it does indicate a consular officer at a US Embassy or Consulate has determined you are eligible to seek entry for the specific purpose listed on the visa.
There are several types of work visas available for foreign nationals who want to work in the USA including temporary work visas, seasonal work visas, and exchange worker visas.
Visas Available for Foreign Nationals to Work in USA
- Exchange Visitor Visas
- Green Cards
- Seasonal Agricultural Worker Visas
- Temporary Work Visas (Non-Agricultural)
- Temporary Worker Visas (Skilled Workers)
Where to Obtain a Visa to Work in the USA
Visas are obtained from the US Embassy or Consulate that is closest to your residence abroad. Here's a directory of US Embassies and Consulates.