A working holiday is a great way of experiencing a new country while also gaining valuable work experience. Many people use a working holiday as a way of expanding their horizons both in a cultural and career sense.
The United States has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants to its shores whether to start a new life or experience the freedoms and culture of the country. There are many different types of US working visas to choose from and it is important that you choose the right one for your circumstances. Some of the different visas include:
Temporary work visa
Applicants for a temporary work visa in the US must have proof of a job offer from a US based company and different visas are issued to those who have different skills or qualifications. This depends on whether you have a degree, are a skilled or unskilled worker or are part of a trainee program.
There are 10 basic temporary work visa categories, these include:
• H-1B: Person in Specialty Occupation. Allows an individual to work in a specialist occupation, requires a higher education degree or equivalent.
• H-2A: Temporary Agricultural worker. Allows an individual to work in the agricultural sector for a temporary period if deemed to be in the United States interest.
• H-2B: Temporary Non-agricultural Worker. Allows an individual to work in a non-agricultural sector for a temporary period if deemed to be in the United States interest.
• H-3: Trainee or Special Education visitor. Allows an individual to receive training that is not available in the applicant’s home country or practical training programs in the education of children with emotional or mental disabilities (does not include graduate medical or academic studies).
• L: Intracompany Transferee. Allows an individual to work at a branch or subsidiary of their current employer in a managerial capacity or in a position requiring specialized knowledge. (Individuals must have been employed by the employer abroad continuously for at least 1 year).
• O: Individual with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. This visa is for individuals with extraordinary abilities or achievements in various sectors including science, art, business or athletics.
• P-1: Individual or Team Athlete, or Member of an Entertainment Group. Allows an individual to perform at an athletic competition as an athlete or as a member of an entertainment group.
• P-2: Artist or Entertainer. Allows an individual or group to performance under an exchange program between an organisation in the US and one from another country.
• P-3: Artist or Entertainer. Allows an individual or group to perform, teach or coach under a program that is culturally unique.
• Q-1: Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program. For practical training and employment through the international cultural exchange program.
As you can see, the US Visa system is quite complex and requires a lot of information and documentation. For more information on US visas and their requirements click here.