After gaining clearance from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Indian nationals can apply for a non-immigrant work visa in the United States (USCIS). Aside from a work visa, the non-immigrant category includes visas for tourists, businesspeople, students, and specialty employees. The validity period of a non-immigrant visa is usually valid for up to five years.
In addition to the requirements for all non-immigrant visas, an Indian national applying for a B1/B2 visitor visa must fulfill some additional criteria to be eligible for a multiple entry visa. To be eligible for a multiple entry visa, an individual must have a valid passport and a return ticket to India. In addition, individuals are required to provide evidence of having enough money to stay in the United States for at least 180 days after the date of entry into the country. Finally, because India and the United States have an agreement known as "Profile+", any person who has been granted a multiple entry visa by India is allowed to enter the country as many times as needed.
Individuals who qualify for a B1/B2 visitor visa but still want to remain in the United States longer than just for their vacation may be able to obtain what's called a "change of status" interview with the USCIS.
In general, a company seeking to hire a non-U.S. citizen must first file a petition with US Citizenship and Immigration Services; if authorized, the foreign resident may then apply for a work visa. The process can take several months or more than 10 years.
However, there are ways around this rule. If a company wants to hire someone immediately without going through the lengthy process described above, they can do so by using an "employment broker". Employment brokers help companies find workers for specific jobs. They usually charge a fee for their services. In some cases, these workers can be given temporary visas that allow them to stay in the United States legally.
There is also an option known as "substitute employment", which allows a company to hire a non-U.S. citizen worker instead of filing a petition with the Department of Labor. This option is available only when there are no qualified U.S. citizens available to do the job. To be eligible for substitute employment, the non-U.S. citizen applicant must have a valid work permit, a valid labor certification, or an "O" visa.
The final way around the requirement to first file a petition with the Department of Labor is to go through an employment agency. These agencies connect employers with potential employees from other countries and often take a percentage of the employee's salary.
Working in the United States is a desirable objective for people from all over the world. Foreign people who intend to work in the United States must, in most situations, apply for a U.S. work visa. There are several work visas available in the United States, and candidates must identify which ones they are eligible for, as well as how to apply legally and prepare documents. The different work visas are: H-1B visa - for temporary employment of skilled workers. It is issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) and is valid for up to six years. An employer must file an application for a new H-1B visa petition with the DOL before hiring a new employee. If the job posting requires only a short period of time to be spent in the United States, it may be possible to be granted a one-time extension of stay. In this case, an employer would not have to file another new H-1B visa petition. Other types of visas include: J-1 visa - for sports professionals. It is issued by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This non-immigrant visa allows foreign citizens to participate in international sports competitions. To be eligible, applicants must be national members of designated sport organizations and retain their status while participating in events sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They also must return to their home country within 24 months of their departure from the United States. B-1/B-2 visa - for business travelers. These visas allow foreign nationals to enter the United States for purposes such as tourism or visiting friends and relatives.