How long does a work visa last?

Workers who come to the United States for employment often do so under work visas such as the H1B. This allows them to live in the country without being a citizen or a permanent resident as long as they are employed.

Naturally, one question that people often have about work visas is just how long they last. Employers and business owners do not want to have to worry about losing their workforce due to expiring visas, just as employees don’t want to worry about being forced out of lucrative careers.

How long can an employee stay?

With the H1B Visa that many businesses and employees use, it can last for up to six years. These visas are often used for those in specialty industries or with advanced abilities and skills. Examples include those working in the following industries:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Medicine

When a visa runs out, employees typically have a few options. By that time, some have decided they want to stay indefinitely, so they’re interested in getting a green card or even becoming a citizen. Others may just want to extend the visa and apply for it again.

Working with us

Since every situation is unique, it helps to have an experienced firm on your side. When you work with us, you can trust us to give you prompt answers to any questions you have and to help you navigate the complex legal landscape that makes this type of career possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to get started.

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