USCIS Publishes Guides to Attract Foreign Nationals in STEM Fields

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published several new guides aimed at attracting STEM professionals to the United States. The publications provide overviews of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options for foreign nationals to work in STEM fields in the U.S.

Overview of STEM Guides

The first publication lists the most likely nonimmigrant visa categories available for STEM workers, including H1B, O1A, L-1, TN, and F-1 OPT. The publication also provides a general overview of each of these categories, and answers various frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The second follows a similar format, but focuses on immigrant visa options, including EB1, EB1, and EB3. Again, an overview of each category is provided, along with answers to several FAQs.

The third publication covers, in less detail, both the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options discussed in the first two publications. It also includes a chart listing each of the aforementioned nonimmigrant categories, and another chart with each of the related immigrant visa categories. The nonimmigrant chart indicates the required education, experience, or skills for each nonimmigrant category, whether a job offer is required, and the duration of validity. The immigrant visa chart lists the required education, experience, or skills for each, and whether a job offer and/or labor certification is required.


These charts should provide a helpful guide to foreign nationals in STEM who are seeking career opportunities in the United States. It should be noted, however, that the charts do not cover every possible avenue that may be available to a foreign national STEM worker who would like to live and work in the U.S. Foreign nationals looking for paths to work in the U.S. are encouraged to schedule a consultation with an experienced Murthy Law Firm attorney.


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