Obtaining a Work Permit
In order to be legally employed in the United States as an immigrant, you will need a work and travel permit. New Jersey immigration lawyer Susan Scheer has over 25 years of experience helping immigrants gain employment. Here is some important information on obtaining a work permit.
Obtaining a Work Permit | Requirements
To obtain a travel and work permit, each applicant must demonstrate evidence of need for a travel and work permit, also known as an employment authorization document. This documentation may include:
- Personal affidavit detailing need for basic or commercial driver’s license
- Personal affidavit detailing need for social security number
- Personal affidavit detailing need for working papers
- Job offer letter from potential employer, indicating need for social security number for the purpose of being hired
- Proof of need for requirement of social security number to obtain health insurance
- Proof of need for requirement of social security number to open a bank account and carry out banking transactions
Obtaining a Work Permit | H-1 Visa
The H-1 visa category is used by U.S. employers for the temporary employment of foreign nationals in professional positions that require specific educational and professional credentials. The foreign national must possess the minimum requirements for performance of the duties of the position and the position itself must qualify as a “specialty occupation,” i.e., one that minimally requires possession of a four-year university degree or equivalent. Furthermore, the employer must be able to demonstrate that alien’s salary can be paid as of the year of filing with DOL (i.e., business tax return, financial statement, business bank statements).
The initial period of stay granted to the alien admitted to the U.S. is governed by the time required by the employer, up to a maximum of three years. Extensions of stay may be obtained, but the alien cannot be continuously employed in H-1 status for more than six years.
If you are having trouble obtaining a travel and work permit, please contact the Scheer Immigration Law Group today.