Despite all the financial and energy crises, the United States today is one of the most attractive countries for immigration. Many people are looking for opportunities to go to the United States to work, study, or just live. However, like any other developed country, the United States monitors the flow of immigrants very closely. Therefore, in order to get the opportunity to work in this country, you have to work hard.
First of all, you need to have a good idea of what are the ways to get a legal job in the States. Under American law, a foreigner wishing to live and work in the United States for a long time requires three main documents: a visa, a residence permit, and a work permit. It is important not to confuse a visa and a permit to stay in the country - these are completely different documents that give different rights. A visa only allows you to enter the country for a specific purpose (tourism, study, business, marriage, etc.). Depending on its type, a visa is issued for a period of several months to two years.
A residence permit allows you to legally stay in the United States for a certain period. After the expiration of the specified period, the person is considered illegal if the permit has not been renewed. A work permit allows you to officially engage in work and receive wages from the employer.
You can get a work permit in the United States in two ways: at the expense of an existing employer or on your own. In the first case, an employer with whom you already have an agreement, and who is ready to hire you, himself submits the necessary application and a package of documents to the immigration service in order to obtain the right to invite the foreign worker he needs to the United States. In the second case, you first come to the country, then independently look for a possible job and apply for a work permit. It is important to know that in the United States there are special quotas for a number of professions. That is, people with relevant education and professional experience can apply for an entry permit and work in their home country simply by contacting the embassy. These professions include programmers, nurses and some others.
You can also go to work in the United States through one of the government programs. In particular, the Work & Travel exchange program allows you to find a temporary job in the United States and leave for a short time. An equally convenient option for young people is the opportunity to leave according to one of the study programs, and while staying in student status, to find a job that allows them to obtain a work permit and a Greencard, that is, a residence permit.