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Dear Sophie: Any upgrade options for E-2 visa holders interested in changing jobs? – TechCrunch

Right here’s one other version of “Expensive Sophie,” the recommendation column from a practising legal professional that solutions immigration questions on working at know-how firms.

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Expensive Sophie:

I’m at present right here within the U.S. on an E-2 visa.

My employer, an organization based mostly in Slovakia, moved me to the U.S. to assist set up our U.S. operations. What are my choices if I need to search for different job alternatives right here within the U.S. with a distinct firm? Is there a possible course of to improve my E-2 visa to a different kind, like an L? Thanks!

—Stressed in Redwood Metropolis

Expensive Stressed,

Thanks in your questions. Nonimmigrant (momentary) visas that can help you work within the U.S. require an employer to sponsor you for the visa, and people visas stay tied to the employer sponsor and the place for which you have been employed. We not too long ago launched the Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp (promo code DEARSOPHIE for 20% off enrollment) — it is a class that may enable you strengthen your credentials if you find yourself pursuing an O-1A visa, which I’ll talk about extra about beneath.

There are a number of visa choices accessible if you happen to discover a U.S. firm keen to sponsor you corresponding to J-1, O-1A and H-1B, and numerous inexperienced card pathways. You had requested about an L Visa, however this is able to solely be an possibility if you happen to had labored for the brand new firm overseas for a minimum of one yr throughout the previous three years. Each the L-1A visa and the L-1B visa allow multinational firms to switch a supervisor, govt or specialised information worker from an workplace overseas to a U.S. workplace — or to open an workplace within the U.S. — from an workplace overseas. The L-1A visa for intracompany govt or supervisor transferees is much like the E-2 visa in that each enable the visa holder to return to the U.S. to arrange a brand new workplace for the sponsoring firm.

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Walter Thompson