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hello, my name is Joe. i would like to know how to get a work visa. i have an
employer, he wants to hire me. he told me to find out about how i can stay working
for him. originally i’m from Russia, and i have tourist visa. what should i do first?
where to go to start this process? and what documents do i need?
Asked on December 8, 2018 under Immigration Law, California
SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 1 year ago | Contributor
There is not anything you can do now because there are no work visas available for the current fiscal year and a new petition will not be able to be filed on your behalf until April 1 and that is subject to being selected in a lottery and the earliest possible start date of employment would be October 1, 2019, if your petition is selected in the lottery and then approved. Unless your employer is such that it is not subject to the annual work visa cap, you cannot obtain a work visa sooner than that. Can you please clarify what type of company your employer is, what your position is and what your background is.