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Ideas for How to Obtain a United States Work Visa

Updated on December 28, 2010

A Request Asking How to Obtain U.S. Work Visa

Dec 27, 2010

This Hub is in response to a request from new Hubber, jungsujan, who is from Nepal and currently working in Afghanistan who asked:

I am Nepalese im working here in Afghanistan with US ARMY for the security force i want to come US for the work live so can u give me an idea about it?

As I have stated in other Hubs regarding immigration and citizenship, I am not a lawyer and the laws and regulations surrounding immigration are both complex and change frequently. Therefore, the information in this Hub will consist of ideas and suggestions for starting the process and doing further research.

From your question it appears that you are only interested in working in the U.S. and not, at least at this time, looking to become a citizen.

Start by Talking to Your Current Employer

You state in your request that you are working with the US Army for the security force in Afghanistan.

My first question would be are you employed by the U.S. Government as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army or are you employed by a private firm that has a contract to do work for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan?

In other words who signs your paycheck - the U.S. Government or a private company?

The distinction may be important as your employer may be able to assist you in your efforts to work in the U.S.

If your employer is a private contractor contracting with the U.S. government it may also have plants or contracts in the U.S. where it would be willing to transfer you to and sponsor your for a work visa.

Similarly, if you are employed by the U.S. Army directly they might be willing to transfer you to an Army facility in the U.S. and sponsor you for a work visa.

There are Different Classes of Work Visas for the U.S.

There are some classes of U.S. entry and employment visas that require sponsorship by an employer who has need of your skills within the United States and wants to bring you to the United States to work for them.

If your employer, private or government, is not able or willing to provide you with work in the U.S. and/or sponsorship for a work visa, my next suggestion would be for you to talk to your co-workers especially American civilian and military co-workers, to see if can refer you to U.S. employers who either currently looking for employees with your skill set or who regularly hire people with your skill set.  
You can then begin contacting them to look for work and sponsorship.

The United States Currently Has High Unemployment

I will warn you that employers in any nation generally seek foreign workers only when they are unable to or find it difficult fill the jobs with their own citizens.  Traditionally, U.S. employers have sought foreign nationals or immigrants for either low paying labor intensive jobs for which few Americans are applying or highly skilled jobs for which there are not sufficient numbers of Americans with the skills.

Given the current high unemployment in the U.S. today, more Americans are available and willing to take the low end jobs.  This has resulted in a drop in both the legal and illegal immigration of people looking for these jobs.  This leaves highly skilled jobs as your best bet, but even here, the recession has caused employers to cut back on hiring in this area as well.

Networking Can Be a Great Help in Your Job Search

Networking with co-workers in Afghanistan as well as with friends or relatives in the United States will be critical in your job search.

You will need a job in the U.S. to either obtain certain classes of work visas or to keep one of the other types of work visas and green card that don’t require employer sponsorship (see the link in the links section of this Hub for links to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service - USCIS - web page).

You might also want to look into and sign up with and as part of your networking efforts.

Facebook is free (but keep your profile professional) and Linkedin has a free level that I have found works well.

Also, don’t forget HubPages as it is not only a place to make money writing articles but it is also a great source for information as well as a place to connect with others and network.

A Global Job Search Might Be the Best Way to Start

Finally, since you indicated in your request that you are just looking to work in the U.S. but not become a citizen I am assuming that your motivation is a better income and better career opportunities.

If this is the case I would recommend that, given the current world-wide economic downturn, that you expand your search world-wide in order to increase your chances of finding the work you want. We live in a global economy with hundreds of thousands of people, including thousands of Americans, working in nations other than their own.

You appear to speak English which is a plus as it has become the unofficial language of business. This should help you in applying for work in both the U.S. and other nations, especially English speaking nations such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom itself to name a few.

Global companies would probably offer your best opportunity for finding work in the near term and, with their world-wide operations, would also offer you the best chance of eventually working in the United States itself if you can’t find one here immediately.

Finally, the more high demand technical skills you have the better, so I encourage you to take every opportunity to expand these skills as they will not only provide you with higher pay but also more opportunities in the global economy.

Persist and Don't Give Up on Your Dream

While I can’t tell you specifically how to come to the United States and get a job immediately, I hope I have been able to give you some ideas for coming up with a plan to eventually realize whatever dream you had in mind when you made your request to me for this Hub.

It may take a while to realize that dream but I believe that anything is possible if one is willing to both work at achieving it and being flexible enough to try different approaches.

Good luck in your search and be sure to click on the links below for some of my other Hubs on immigration and job search topics.

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      francisid 6 years ago

      indeed a worthwhile read.keep it up!

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      Jessicapotter24 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Good job chuck!! Hope jungsujan was benefited by this hub. As you have indicated, social networking sites are really helpful in job searches.Especially Linkedin which is primarily a professional network is very effective. Initially, I had difficulty getting contacts but once done my profile's value has gone up and am all happy!!

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Wow - I have advised on this myself and you have really done a nice job explaining and defining the different rules and requirements here. And, you are so right - persistence pays off! Well done!

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      crazy-zebra 7 years ago from Midwest

      was interesting.

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      johnpmcg 7 years ago

      A helpful site on this topic is

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      schoolmarm 7 years ago from Florida

      Very helpful information. How nice of you to make a hub to address this. Good luck to jungsujan.

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      NarayanKrishna 7 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

      Very informative. Thanks