August 18, 2019

Visa Options for Employers Wishing to Hire or Retain Professional Employees

Employers wishing to hire or retain foreign national employees in need of visa sponsorship have traditionally used the H-1B category, which allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Unfortunately, many employers are subject to an annual cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas, with 20,000 reserved for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees from U.S. colleges and universities.
 

In recent years, USCIS has received hundreds of thousands of H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap, forcing immigration to conduct a lottery to select petitions for processing. If your H-1B petition was not selected in this year’s lottery, there may be options available to hire or retain professional employees to include: 

  • Cap-exempt H-1B visas

  • TN visas

  • H-1B1 visas

  • E-1 and E-2 visas

  • E- 3 visas

  • L visas

  • OPT, STEM OPT, and CPT for foreign students

  • Sponsorship for permanent residency

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