Are there any jobs that are exempt from the H-1B Cap?
Yes. Jobs at institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations associated with a government entity or institution of higher education are exempt from the cap.
Do certain countries have special visas?
Yes. Singapore and Chile each have a portion of the H-1B Visa cap reserved for them: 5,400 for Singapore and 1,400 for Chile; this is called the H-1B1 visa. Also, as part of NAFTA, Canada and Mexico have a special category: the TN Visa. Also, Australia has the E-3 Visa.
What is the O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visa?
This visa is similar to the EB-11 Application, which can lead to a Green Card, but the O-1 is nonimmigrant. Therefore, it is a little easier to attain. It is designed for people who stand out in their chosen field, meaning that they have won a lot of awards and recognition are particularly skilled.
Are there any Visas for Trade or Investment?
Yes. These are the E-1 and E-2 Visas. Certain countries have a trade treaty with the United States that are meant to encourage investment and trade in the United States and allow foreign employees to work here. This is different from the L-1 Visa, which is designed for foreign companies with branches in the United States.
Can you explain the J-1 Exchange Visa?
J-1 Visas are designed to promote cultural exchange, such as Au-Pair programs and certain forms of education.
Can I go to school on any of these Visas?
Unless you have an F-1 Student Visa, you should not go to an accredited degree university. You can take English classes, for example, but not go to a university.