US Work Permits

A work permit can be your gateway to a whole new life in the USA. As the world's largest economy, the USA remains a top destination for immigrants and tourists, welcoming an annual influx of migrants eager to become part of its diverse society and add to its already booming economy.

US Work Permits

There are several visa categories for foreign nationals wishing to work in the USA, and a preference system for ranking workers seeking permanent immigration is in operation. To find out more about your eligibility, take the Brighter Candidates free assessment. 

US Visa Types

Under its visa waiver regulations, many foreign nationals can enter the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. Where this waiver does not apply, there are a number of USA working visa categories covering foreign nationals, including:

  • - Category G visas for employees of international bodies entering the USA in pursuance of official duties.
  • - Category I visas for journalists and other media workers. They are not permitted to enter the USA under visa waiver regulations or via the B1 business visa.
  • - Category L1 intra-company transfer visas are for managerial/executive level employees of international companies on secondment to the USA.
  • For information about B1 and B2 business visas see the US Business Visa page. For information about the J1 exchange visa see our separate page.

USA Work Visas allocated by Preference

When issuing working visas, the US ranks potential applicants in five preference categories:

  • - The First Preference Category covers priority workers deemed to possess an outstanding ability in their field. This could include world-class athletes and performers, or internationally acclaimed professionals in science or education. Such individuals can file an immigrant visa petition without the need for an offer of employment.
  • - The Second Preference Category covers those with exceptional ability in arts, science or business. In order to obtain a work permit under this category, an applicant would require a specific job offer.
  • - The Third Preference Category is broader, encompassing professionals with a baccalaureate degree, and skilled or unskilled workers. To obtain a work visa, applicants need a specific offer of employment.
  • - The Fourth Preference Category covers special migrant classes, including religious workers.
  • - The Fifth Preference Category covers investor visas and targets applicants who wish to create a commercial enterprise in the USA which will generate employment.

US Visas – alternative options

There are a number of further US visa options which also grant permission to live and work in the country, including family, business and investment options. Use our Brighter Candidates free assessment to find out which options apply in your circumstances. 

Taking the First Step

Applying for a US work permit can often be an excellent way to live and work in the States without having to commit to longer term immigration. Many of our clients require just a temporary arrangement to complete a work commitment before returning home.

“When I was offered a job working in America, I couldn’t believe my luck. To be honest, my head was all over the place- I was so excited that I really wasn’t thinking straight! The position was only temporary but I would be working with some of the brightest talents in my field, so I jumped at the chance. As I was so excited, I needed to quickly calm down and begin organising my trip. After a quick internet search I found Brighter and I gave them a call. Their advisor helped me to understand all of the different options there were out there for me- and he answered all of my questions in such a clear way, it was great. The job was more than I ever could have hoped for- I learnt so much- and it was all possible thanks to the hard work and experience of Brighter.”

October 4, 2014

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My experience with Brighter Visas has been wonderful so far. From the day of my assessment to the day of my application to the day of searching for employment, everything has been very smooth. My consultant, Mr. Luke, has been very helpful and accommodating with all my inquiries and needs. He's always available whenever I have questions or when I'm in need of his assistance. He calls me from time-to-time to update me of my case and assures me that everything is going well, which is why I never worry of my application because I'm confident that I am in good hands and in a good team. Brighter Visas also sends e-news letters, which give me more options and knowledge of the employment in my desired country.

I have already recommended Brighter Visas to my friends and would recommend it to my colleagues.

Thank You, Brighter Visas!


The whole experience of using Brighter Visas was very professional and dealt with extremely efficiently, from initial enquiries with Chetan to structuring the application and final outcome with Simin.

I would recommend Brighter to anyone looking to immigrate and in need of an agent.

Many thanks for a pleasant service and great outcome.


The immigration consultant was very knowlegeable and provided me with a regular update on my case. I never imagined it was for real until i got an email that my green card has been approved. At this point, i am more than willingly to recommend Brighter Visas to friends and family members since they truly are the best in rendering professisonal immigration services to people world over.


It is difficult to explain how good it felt when my visa was approved.  Years of dreaming about living overseas out of the smoke.  Then applying to make the move before I got too old with my whole family was so stressful and exciting but also I was very anxious.  I just want to say thanks to the whole team for my visa but most of all for giving me months of free therapy when I needed a little reassurance I was doing the right thing.  

I love my new life and my kids are doing so well in School it is just amazing.