You cannot apply for a work visa on your own without a job offer. You must first have a job offer from a U.S. employer who will sponsor you for a work visa.
Working in the United States is not as simple as applying, getting a job, and moving to the U.S. Instead, you need to have a valid work visa or work permit in order to legally work in the U.S.
Jobs that do not qualify for a work visa
While there are several work visa categories that Canadians may be eligible to be sponsored under, not all jobs or job offers will qualify for a work visa. Some examples of jobs that would not qualify for a U.S. work visa include:
- Truck driver
- Wedding photographer
- Uber or Lyft driver
- Real estate agent
- Coffee barista
- Construction worker
- Salesperson (eg – retail sales, account executives, etc.)
- Bartender or waiter
- Lab technician
- Police officer
- Flight attendant
Public charge rule for non-immigrant visas
Beginning on October 15, 2019, all Canadians applying for non-immigrant visas through USCIS will be required to show that they have not been, and will not likely be, a public charge according to the newly-enacted Public Charge Rule.