Can a Foreign Engineer Work in the US?
Yes, a foreign engineer can work in the US. Actually, the demand for engineers in the United States is high. However, HR needs applicants to comply with some legal requirements. The good news is that as long as applicants have occupation experience, they’ll be able to find several job options. Read this guide to find out about some Visa options for applicants.
Working as Foreign Engineer with a Green Card
One option for applicants is to hold a Green Card. A green card allows the applicant to live and work permanently in the United States.
Find more about the Green Card here.
Immigrating as an Engineer with a Temporary Work Visa
Applicants are eligible to have a job if they have an L-1A or L-1B temporary Visa. These Visas are for intracompany transferees who work in managerial positions or have specialized knowledge.
Find more about L-A or L-B Visas here.
Another option for applicants is to have an Employment Authorization or EAD card. This card will allow applicants to seek jobs if they have a dependent status and their spouse has a job.
Engineer with a TN Visa
Applicants from The United States, Canada, and Mexico can opt for a TN nonimmigrant classification, which grants temporary access to qualified workers.
Find all the requirements to apply for a TN Visa here.
Immigrating as an Engineer with an H1B Visa for Specialty Occupations
This nonimmigrant category is available to applicants who want to work in specialized occupations, provide services for a Department of Defense (DOD) joint research and development project, or provide distinguished services. Bringing people in on this visa might be a good temporary solution until you decide if you want to help them apply for a green card.
Find all the requirements to apply for an H1B Visa here.
Immigrating as an Engineer with an O-1 Visa
Applicants with remarkable talents or accomplishments are eligible for the O-1 Visa.
Find all the requirements to apply for an 0-1 Visa here.
If the applicant already has a Visa
A foreign engineer can work in the US. Applicants can opt for a number of Visas to work legally. These Visas will make the hiring process easier and faster.
If you already have a Visa
If you are an engineer looking to work or stay in the USA and already have a work visa, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We can help you find a job.
*Step Up Recruiting recommends you discuss hiring foreign engineers with your legal advisors to determine which plan of action is best for your company. This post is meant to be informational only and is not meant to be construed as legal or immigration advice.*