US Work Visa for a Waiter. Possible?

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    Feb 14, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    I have a stunningly handsome Mexican friend who claims to have a job offer(as a waiter) from a fine Mexican restaurant in my city.

    I have no doubt that his gorgeous presence would boost this establishment's business but I'm still surprised that a work visa can be obtained for such a position.

    Anyone here in the restaurant trade here who has an idea?

    My friend isn't claiming to be working legally, just that he has the offer of work from this employer, so I'm not questioning his honesty.

    I'm actually more interested to know if he is bound in some way to this restaurant if it is indeed sponsoring him----or will he be free to seek another opportunity.

    So any ideas........experiences?
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    Feb 14, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Like I told the Canadian in Key West who had to go back home for 6 months and try again for permanent resident status in the US:
    Fly to Cuba---since he is allowed to travel there---and get a raft to Key West and use the "dry foot" immigration process!,_dry_feet_policy
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 14, 2011 11:06 PM GMT
    "Each work visa has different qualify criteria which the applicant needs to meet. For example, an H-1B visa requires the applicant to work in a specialty occupation and have higher education, while the H-2B visa is for seasonal jobs in which the US in short of demand. Most work visas have an annual quota. There are work visas available for a range of different jobs."

    Restaurants, and the people who typically work in them, aren't considered skilled workers, and thus the U.S. Government has no reason to give them a work visa.

    But why does this interest you so much? If he's your friend, it shouldn't matter what his immigration status is.
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    Feb 15, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    Bunjamon, I'm more interested in my friend's opportunities here than his legal status in regards to working..

    The fact that he won't be getting a work visa through this particular restaurant will give him the freedom to look elsewhere if he chooses.
  • MisterT

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    Feb 15, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    I wish him luck!