VISA PAGES: U.S. Temporary Foreign Worker Visas

"Visa Pages" is a one-stop resource to find comprehensive information about the various non-immigrant visas U.S. employers use to bring temporary foreign workers from all over the world to work in the U.S. 

Each page contains detailed information summarizing key points of each visa, its history, the hiring process, data, basic regulatory scheme, enforcement mechanisms and challenges in seeking portable justice for migrant workers. The intention is to leave each page with a understanding and perspective on the interplay of temporary worker programs in the U.S.

Click on the visa types below to view the corresponding Visa Pages.

All data collected from 2015 U.S. Department of State statistics. 


In May 2012, Justice in Motion published Visas, Inc.: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the Temporary Labor System.  Visas, Inc. took a panoramic approach in examining temporary work visas. The findings revealed a fragmented system that lacks transparency and government oversight, resulting in abuse of both foreign and U.S workers. Indeed, U.S. immigration policy has moved away from its roots in permanent labor migration and embraced, for better or worse, the utterly chaotic, constantly metastasizing temporary worker visa program. Rather than developing a coherent, unitary system, the U.S. has responded piecemeal to employer demands and created a patchwork of visas subject to distinct rules.  

Justice in Motion believes that future reform must happen holistically, if abuse and misuse are to be reined in, with the recognition that these individual visas constitute a de facto temporary foreign labor system. With the launch of these Visa Pages, Justice in Motion is endeavoring to continue to add information and perspective to the major non-immigrant work visas highlighted in Visas, Inc. 


The Justice in Motion team would like to recognize the following individuals who have contributed to the Visa Pages project since 2013. For the 2017 update, Kathleen Griesbach, Carol Brooke, Gillian Gillers, and Stacie Jonas reviewed and edited select portions of content, and Bea Abbott and Jessica Diaz-Hurtado provided data, chart and graphs support. Legal Director Nan Schivone drafted content for the original edition of Visa Pages published in 2014, based on research and writing of Ashwini Sukthankar and Philip Simon for Visas, Inc. Agnew::Beck Consulting - provided graphic design and Jill Hubley provided web support for the original web edition. 


Visa Pages content neither contains nor constitutes legal advice. Immigration law is a complicated area riddled with detail and exceptions. Its practice necessarily depends on an experienced attorney knowledgeable about the particulars of each situation. Justice in Motion encourages workers who have questions about their employment and civil rights to contact a lawyer to give counsel appropriate for the facts and jurisdiction in each case.