USA visa or employment sponsorship means that the employer in the US is hiring you.
SO, they are guaranteeing to the US visa authorities that you will be a legal working resident.
The employer will state that you will work the job position they hired you for.
Generally, sponsorship means the sponsor is taking the responsibility to take care of all the expenses for the visitor’s trip.
How can I get sponsorship for USA Visa?
Below here are the top 6 ways to find an H1B visa sponsorship for 2021 so that you can file your petition:
- Look for a Job in the H1B Visa Sponsors Database.
- Apply for the Job and Get an Offer.
- Find an Internship.
- Look for Boutique Consulting Companies.
- Look for Global Consulting Companies.
- Find a Job at a US University.
Can I get a USA Work Visa without Sponsorship?
Unfortunately, most employment visas require you to have a job offer and an employment sponsor to obtain a work visa.
Part of the U.S. visa application process requires an employer to file a petition on your behalf.
That is why most applicants are unable to get a U.S. work visa without an employer sponsor.
Ways to immigrate to the United States
BELOW here are the lists of ways you can migrate to the United States of America either for work or for studies.
- Green Card Lottery.
- Family-based immigration.
- Employment-based immigration.
- Immigration via investment.
Nonimmigrant Visas Employment Sponsorship
US nonimmigrant visas are for temporary stays in the country.
They are not Green Cards and do not give the right to their holders to become US citizens.
There are many types of US nonimmigrant visas, but some of the most popular are the employment ones.
The nonimmigrant visas that need employment sponsorship are listed below.
- H-1B visa – Person in Specialty Occupation;
- H-2A visa – Temporary Agricultural Workers;
- H-2B visa – Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers;
- L1 visas– Intercompany transfers going to the US due to specialized knowledge or to take on managerial or executive positions;
- O-1A visa – People with extraordinary abilities in business, science, athletics, and education;
- O-1B visa – People with extraordinary abilities in the arts, television, and film industries;
- O-2 visa – Personnel assisting those with O-1A and O-1B visas.
Immigrant Visas Employment Sponsorships
For the immigrant visas or Green Cards, there is also a need for employment sponsorship.
From the categories, there is also an Employment Based Immigrant Visa group. Most of the visas in the group need an employment sponsorship.
- EB-1 Visa– Outstanding professors, researchers, people with extraordinary abilities in arts, science, business, athletics, or education.
Also executive managers who have worked at a foreign branch of a US company for the past 3 years.
- EB-2 Visa– Professionals with advanced degrees and people with extraordinary abilities in arts, sciences, or business.
- EB-3 Visa– Skilled workers with more than 2 years of experience, professionals with a higher education degree. Also, unskilled workers with less than 2 years of experience (EW-3 Visa).
- EB-4 Visa– Various religious, government, or international organizations workers.
Some of these visas, such as the EB-1 visa allow self-petitioning.
This means that in some cases, if you have such extraordinary abilities you can sponsor your own visa.
You must submit all the documents and pay the fees yourself. Other visas, such as the EB-5 visa only work through self-petitioning.
How much does the sponsorship visa cost?
Thus, getting an employment visa sponsorship is not cheap. Especially to the US employer who has to pay most of the fees.
Hence, Depending on the visa, it might cost up to a few thousand dollars to sponsor a foreign employee. Because it is so expensive, employers are reluctant to do it.
Therefore, the actual fees depend on the visa type, but a general overview of the most common fees and their costs are as follows:
- Form I-129 – $460
- Form I-140 – $700
American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998(ACWIA) – $750 or $1,500
Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee – $500
For employers with 50 or more employees and 50% of them are foreign – $4,000 or $4,500
US residents, citizens, or temporary workers (H1B, L1, E visa, etc.) living in USA can invite their parents, relatives or friends to visit USA.
And, A B2 visitor visa (Tourist Visa) can be applied by a foreign visitor at a US consulate in applicant’s home country.
Finally, if the purpose of the trip is not temporary, or if the purpose of the trip is something other than tourism, like business, study, or work, there is a separate visa category and qualifying criteria for each of these purposes.