Applying for a work permit in the US


How do I apply for a work permit for the United States?


The United States welcomes thousands of foreign workers in multiple occupations or employment categories every year. These include artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers and others. All foreign workers must obtain permission to work legally in the United States. Each employment category for admission has different requirements, conditions and authorised periods of stay. It is important that you adhere to the terms of your visa. Any violation can result in removal or denial of re-entry into the United States.

Please remember that employment in the US on a tourist visa is prohibited. In order to determine whether you may work in the US, it is best to consult with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). More information on requirements for employment authorisation may be found at All US Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are authorised to work in the US and do not require permission from USCIS.

There are various classifications of non-immigrant visas for a person who wishes to work temporarily in the United States, based on US immigration laws. If you want to work or perform in the US temporarily, under immigration law, you need a specific visa based on the purpose of your travel and type of work you will be doing. By far the most common visa category that Trinbagonians apply for is the B1/B2 visa which can be used for tourism or limited business activities, but this visa does not allow the traveller to work while in the United States. Only DHS can confer employment authorisation. Additional information on visas to the United States may be found at: or

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