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The Virgin Islands of the United States, often known as the United States Virgin Islands, are a collection of Caribbean islands and an unorganized and organized territory of the United States. The islands are part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are situated in the Lesser Antilles' Leeward Islands, east of Puerto Rico and west of the British Virgin Islands.
The US Virgin Islands are made up of three major islands: Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, as well as 50 lesser islands and cays. The territory's entire land area is 133.73 square miles (346.36 km2). Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St. Thomas, serves as the territory's capital.
Previously known as the Danish West Indies of the Kingdom of Denmark–Norway (from 1754 to 1814) and the independent Kingdom of Denmark (from 1814 to 1917), they were sold by Denmark to the United States in the 1917 Treaty of the Danish West Indies for $25,000,000 and have since been an organized, unincorporated United States territory. The United States Virgin Islands are governed under the Virgin Islands Revised Organic Act of 1954, and five constitutional conventions have taken place since then.
The principal economic activity are tourism and allied areas.
The Minimum Wage Rate in the U.S. Virgin Islands is $10.50 per hour.
Mandatory benefits postulated by law include a probationary period, pay on annual leaves, public holidays, sick leaves, maternity leave, paternity leave, and overtime pay. Statutory benefits also include social security benefits.
Companies in the U.S. Virgin Islands are subject to a 10 percent corporate income tax rate.
There is no personal income tax in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
There is no value-added tax (VAT) or goods and sales tax (GST) in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Foreign nationals who do not have permanent residence status or a work visa are unable to work in the United States. An employer who wishes to hire a foreign national may submit a petition for an employment visa with the United States Department of Homeland Security/United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") on behalf of the potential employee.
If the petition is accepted, the potential employee will need to get a "visa stamp" from a US embassy or consulate (Canadian citizens are exempt from this requirement). An employer must submit a petition with US Citizenship and Immigration Services in order to get a temporary work visa in the United States (USCIS). The visa request must contain an authorized petition; visa kinds include the following.
H-1B visas are intended for individuals with a college degree who are employed to do specialized job. The visa is good for three years and may be renewed for another three. The employer who submitted the petition is linked to the visa. If the employee's employer changes, the procedure must be repeated. Each year, 65,000 H-1B visas are available.
H-1B1 visas are available to Chilean and Singaporean candidates with a college degree. Each year, the US government provides up to 1,400 visas to Chileans and 5,400 visas to Singaporeans.
H-2A visas are intended for short-term or seasonal agricultural employment. It is only available to citizens of eligible countries. Usually good for up to a year, but may be extended for up to three years.
H-2B visas are for non-agricultural labor that is transitory. These visas are only available to citizens of certain countries. Usually good for up to a year, but may be extended for up to three years.
L visas are intended for intercompany transfers (people transferred from a foreign company to a US branch of the company.) The candidate must have worked for the firm for a year prior to the transfer and be in a management or higher level job with specialized expertise.
0 visas are reserved for those with exceptional aptitude in science, the arts, education, business, or sports.
The normal approach is for the employee to get a short-term work visa and then apply for an immigrant visa after beginning employment in the United States.
The following are the available visas for persons seeking employment-based immigration visas.
E-1 visas are reserved for those with exceptional aptitude in science, the arts, education, business, and sports.
E-2 visas are reserved for those with advanced degrees or outstanding aptitude.
E-3 visas are available for both skilled employees and professionals, as well as unskilled laborers.
E-4 visas are granted to members of certain immigration groups.
E-5 visas are intended for immigrant investors in US businesses (substantial investment)
Alternatively, an employer may sponsor a potential employee's application for permanent resident status, also known as a "green card," if the employee can demonstrate that he or she is a multinational executive/manager transferee, possesses unique skills, or has been offered a job in the United States. The employer must have been unable to find a U.S. worker who met the minimal standards for the employment.
All employers are required to ensure that all employees they hire are legally permitted to work in the United States.
In the US Virgin Islands, employment contracts might be verbal, written, or implicit. Contracts, on the other hand, should be in writing with the conditions clearly stated out to protect both the employer and the employee. In practice, the majority of contracts are in writing.
The following are examples of common employment contract terms:
Employer and employee names
The kind and scope of the service to be provided
Salary and payment intervals
Salary and payment intervals
Start and end dates (if for a fixed-term)
Benefits and leave entitlements
There is no set length for assignments. This is usually indicated in the employment contract for fixed-term employments.
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