U.S. Immigration Options for Texas Companies


Texas-based companies often consider U.S. immigration sponsorship when they encounter a need to hire international talent, which may happen during job fairs at Texas universities—such as the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of North Texas, and Texas State University—or during other recruitment events.

For many organizations across Texas, employing business immigration strategies has proven to be a cost-effective method to attract top international talent and reduce employee turnover. This is particularly relevant since an employee’s immigration status is frequently dependent on their employment with the sponsor. Integrating these strategies into Human Resources and Global Mobility policies is essential to recruit and retain exceptional global talent effectively.

Consulting with a skilled business immigration attorney, such as those at Myers Immigration Law, is critical to correctly evaluate the best U.S. immigration options tailored to both the needs of the company and the timelines involved. Established corporate clients typically benefit from fee-waived initial consultations when evaluating international candidates for potential immigration pathways.

Texas industries, ranging from manufacturing and construction to healthcare, technology, hospitality, financial services, business, and sports, often sponsor foreign workers. There is generally a broader array of options available for professional roles.


How to Determine the Appropriate U.S. Immigration Pathway

Key considerations when determining the most suitable temporary nonimmigrant or permanent immigrant visa category include:

  • Nationality of the Noncitizen: This is crucial as some countries have specific treaties with the United States, providing eligibility for certain visa categories, while others may face restrictions.
  • CV/Resume of the Noncitizen: A thorough review of the applicant’s educational and professional background is vital.
  • Job Description: This helps determine if the role typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in a specific field, as many professional employment opportunities do.
  • Frequency of Work: Some visas, like the H-2A and H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers, are intended for seasonal roles and do not support year-round employment.
  • Ownership of the U.S. Company: Companies that are at least 50% owned by nationals from a treaty country might find certain visa options more accessible. Similarly, opportunities exist for certain intracompany transferees who have been in managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge roles with a major affiliate, parent, or subsidiary outside the U.S.
  • Type of U.S. Company: As an example, companies that conduct substantial trade with a treaty country may be eligible for an E-1 Treaty Trader visa. Furthermore, universities, their affiliates, government and nonprofit research institutes generally bypass the H-1B visa lottery, which significantly benefits them. Additionally, smaller employers and nonprofits often enjoy lower government filing fees.

For a preliminary overview of the various U.S. immigration visa categories and to discuss your specific needs, visit our Services page and schedule a consultation with a Myers Immigration Law attorney.


The above is informational and not intended to be legal advice. Please consult with an experienced business immigration attorney on your specific facts and circumstances before proceeding with any U.S. immigration strategy.