After graduation, F-1 students can obtain one year of work authorization in their field of study.
For individuals in science, technology, engineering or math occupations, two additional years of OPT may be available. Self-employment limited.
Visa status available to bachelor’s-level, or higher, workers in the United States. H-1B has a wage minimum and has limitations on self-employment.
Provides work authorization to Canadians and Mexicans in particular occupations. Has limitations on self-employment.
Green Cards for individuals who have extraordinary ability or lead multinational companies.
Allows a transfer of a manager, executive, or “specialized knowledge” employee from a foreign subsidiary, affiliate, or parent company to a U.S. entity. Requires one year of work outside the U.S.
Allows nationals of certain countries having treaties with the U.S. to acquire work authorization through investment in the U.S.
Allows for a limited amount of paid training or work in the U.S. Sometimes requires the worker to return home for two years after the J-1 program.
Provides work authorization for entrepreneurs who have demonstrated extraordinary ability through their career.
Provides no work authorization, but may be appropriate for foreign-based entrepreneurs.
Green cards for individuals working in the national interest.