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Assisting Individuals with both Short & Long-Term Work Visas

For people wishing to obtain legal entry into the United States in order to secure employment, there are a variety of businesses visas available. Immigrants may obtain either a short-term or long-term work visa, depending on their situation. Generally speaking, a short-term business visa allows an individual to remain in the United States for less than six months. For longer assignments, you will need to pursue a long-term business visa.

At the Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden, our San Francisco business visa attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of immigration matters, including business visas. We regularly assist clients with everything from temporary worker visas and work permits to H-1B visas, H-2B visas, L-1 visas, and more. We offer legal assistance in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Cantonese, and Russian and are able to assist clients throughout the U.S.


If you need legal assistance obtaining a business visa, call our firm at (415) 300-2144 or fill out an online contact form to request a consultation with our legal team.

Types of Business Visas

There are several different types of business visas. Typically, in order to secure any type of business visa, both the employee and his or her employer must complete required paperwork, the employee must submit valid identification, and, in some cases, the employee may need to undergo an interview.

Some of the more common types of U.S. business visas include:

  • B-1/B-2 Temporary Visas: This is a nonimmigrant visa that allows an individual to travel to the U.S. for short-term business purposes, including but not limited to attending a work-related conference, negotiating a contract, completing employment training, consulting, or settling an estate. B-1 and B-2 visas are typically issued together and allow an individual to remain in the U.S. for a short period of time for business, pleasure, or both.
  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa: A long-term business visa, the H-1B allows individuals to enter and work in the United States so long as they can demonstrate that their work requires special training or an advanced degree. Typically, these visas are issued for those practicing in the fields of medicine, law, architecture, mathematics, accounting, and other similar fields.
  • H-2B Seasonal Work Visa: The H-2B visa is typically issued when a work assignment is considered short-term but does not meet the necessary requirements for a B-1 temporary visa. Often, these visas are issued to individuals in the tourism or hospitality industry and may last for up to one year.
  • E-2 Investor Visa: An E-2 visa allows an individual to come to the United States for the purpose of investing in and managing a U.S. business that employs American workers. E-2 visa requirements typically include a substantial investment in a valid U.S. business or enterprise and at least 50% ownership of the business or proof that the investor is heavily involved in the management of the investment.
  • L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visa: This visa allows individuals to live and work in the U.S. as an employee of a U.S. subsidiary, affiliate, or branch of their current employer. Typically, L-1 visas are issued to those in management or executive positions.

This list is not exhaustive. There are other business visa options available for those wishing to live and work in the United States. Our firm can help you understand your options and determine the right solution for your unique situation. We can also help you navigate the process of applying for any type of business visa, as well as related matters such as bringing your family with you to the U.S., filing for an extension of your visa, or working to secure a green card.

Contact Our Firm for a Consultation

If you need legal assistance with a business visa matter, contact the Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden today. Our San Francisco business visa lawyers have nearly 30 years of experience in immigration law. We have earned numerous positive reviews from past clients and are proud to offer personalized, attentive legal services tailored to each clients’ unique circumstances. We provide legal services in several languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Arabic, and Russian.

Schedule a consultation with our attorneys when you call (415) 300-2144 or contact us online.
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