Although there are many Visa classifications available, the following are the most common Business and Employment Visas that my office handles.
B-1 Visa: the B1 is a temporary Visa for Business. The application must be presented at the U.S. Consulate of the Country where the applicant resides. This Visa only allows stays in the U.S for up to 6 months, and employment is not permitted.
E-2 Visa: the E2 is a popular investor Visa for Citizens with which the United States maintain a Treaty of Commerce and Navigation. It requires a substantial investment in a Company that is not marginal in nature. It is generally granted for an initial period of 5 years, it is renewable, and the spouse and minor children of the principal investor can obtain a dependent Visa.
H-1B Visa: the H1B is an employment Visa for foreign workers with a U.S. bachelor’s degree that are coming to the U.S. to perform services in a specialty occupation. It is granted for a maximum initial period of 3 years, with the possibility of being renewed for another 3-year term. The spouse and minor children of an H1B Visa holder can obtain the H-4 Visa.
EB-1 Visa: The EB-1 is an immigrant Visa classification is for workers or extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers or professors and outstanding Multinational Managers and Executives.
L-1 Visa: the L1 is for foreign companies that intend to transfer an executive, manager or specialized employee in a U.S. based branch, subsidiary, or affiliate company.
O-1 Visa: The O1 is a work Visa for persons of extraordinary ability in the science, business, athletic or arts that are coming to the U.S. to work for an employer in their area of specialization. Unlike the H1B Visa, the O1 is not subject to an annual cap, and can be used by J-1 Visa holders that are subject to the "2-year rule".
EB-5 Visa: The EB5 is an immigrant Visa (Green Card) for foreign nationals that invest at least 1 million dollars (or $500,000 in a rural area) in an approved Regional Center or through a direct investment that creates 10 full-time jobs for Americans.