What are the alternatives to the H1B or L1 Visa for Canadians? The H1B and the L1 Visas are two of the most used visas to work in the United States. They can also be very difficult to obtain due to high fees, limited availability, and ever changing regulations. The certainty of the H1B and L1 Visas are in constant flux for many reasons. Due to the difficulty to obtain these work visas, we are often asked what are the alternatives?
The first alternative we typically recommend is the TN visa. The TN Visa is one of the best visa options for Canadians. It has no numerical limit. It is fast to obtain, can be renewed indefinitely and covers over 60 professions. Another often overlooked visa option for Canadians is the E1 Visa. This visa is available to Canadian professionals who conduct regular business with United States and conducts over 50% of their international trade with the United States. We have helped small businesses with revenues below $100,000 dollars and multimillion dollar enterprises obtain the E1 Visa.
If you are a Canadian whose business dealings in the United States are due to an investment or business ownership in the United States, the E2 Visa may also be an option. The E2 Visa is available to those who have made a significant investment in the United States and create jobs for US workers. This investment can be a new enterprise or an existing enterprise. The regulations also do not define an exact investment amount. Rather, they look to the type of business and what would be considered substantial for that specific industry. We have helped everyone from single franchisees to owners of entire shopping malls obtain E2 Visas. Navigating the US immigration system can be complex and rather confusing. We can assist you to determine all available options to working and doing business in the United States. If you are Canadian and have additional questions about the available Visa options to work and do business in the United States, give us a call, visit our website or click subscribe below for upcoming videos.