Essex County Immigration Lawyer Discusses If You Can Apply for Work Authorization with a Tourist Visa
A very common question I am often asked as an Essex County immigration lawyer comes from people who enter the US under a visitor visa. They come to my office under their six month period and ask me:
- How can you get me an employment authorization document?
- How can you get me a work visa?
The reality is when you’re here on a visitor visa it is not easy to get an employment authorization document, it is not easy to get a work visa. An employment authorization document is only filed within conjunction with another type of application, it cannot be filed by itself. I advise residents as an Essex County immigration lawyer that a visitor visa has two subcategories, B1 and B2. A B2 is the most common category, visiting for pleasure. There is no way to work on a B2 visitor for pleasure visa. A B1 visa is considered visitor for business and there are limited instances where you can work on a B1 visitor for business. You always must be paid from abroad and maintain your primary business relationship with the employer abroad. A B1 cannot be used to seek employment within the US.
If you have any questions about this type of matter or any immigration matter in general, please contact our experienced Essex County Immigration Lawyers.