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Cassiano R.'s Comment
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Hello everyone from this forum my name is Cassiano I am Brazilian and I come through you asking for guidance I want to legally use us to work as a truck driver looking for companies that really need and that can issue a work visa! cdl training costs how much of the accepted visa will be deducted from the salary.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome Cassiano!

Unfortunately the United States does not issue work Visas for truck driving jobs. A trucking company cannot legally sponsor you to come here for a truck driving job.

Cassiano R.'s Comment
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Thank you for the informations ! can i get a cdl A with tourist visa?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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You will need to have a regular U.S. license for one year before applying for a CDL.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Thank you for the informations ! can i get a cdl A with tourist visa?

A tourist visa is meant for visitors who plan to return to their country after a short visit. And to be honest about a sponsored work visa, truck driving (CDL) is not a real specialty like heart surgeons or artists. And, a local address is required for any driving license.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rick S.'s Comment
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What Old School said.

Despite the "perceived driver shortage" - which is more a factor of RETENTION (drivers job hopping) and people just not being able to cut it in the industry - there are still more than enough people ENTERING the industry - that it is not necessary to "import" that skillset with foreign workers. Therefore, trucking companies aren't able to "sponsor" someone for a visa.

H-1B Visa Occupation List

Trucking is NOT on the list of H-1B visas. Nor would you qualify for an EB-3 Visa - because trucking (despite the skill required) is not considered a "skilled trade" under US Immigration Law.

You would be able to get a job, after successfully immigrating by some other means, getting a "green card" (or other status that permits you to work) - having a US Drivers License for a year, and THEN APPLYING for a position as a student/trainee at a trucking company.

Best of luck to you...

Rick

Rick S.'s Comment
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Thank you for the informations ! can i get a cdl A with tourist visa?

In most states - you cannot even get a DRIVERS LICENSE with a "tourist visa" (though a few "sanctuary states", are issuing regular drivers licenses to illegals now - NY being the most recent).

Your current foreign license (in most cases) would enable you to rent a car or otherwise operate a motor vehicle while VISITING THE USA. But you aren't AUTHORIZED TO WORK in the US - and therefore would be HIGHLY UNLIKELY (impossible) to be able to obtain a CDL. And any company that would even consider hiring you - WOULD BE DOING SO ILLEGALLY.

Not that it doesn't happen - but if YOU GET CAUGHT - you will be DEPORTED back to Brazil and face a MINIMUM TEN YEAR BAN from re-entering the US.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Cassiano R.'s Comment
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Right ! tourism visa already says only for tourism! I looked at some websites about the H-2B visa, I would like to know if this information is valid. (The H-2B visa is available for foreign workers in non-agricultural areas to work in the United States, as there are not enough citizens US-born to fill the vacancy (H-2B visas are usually for temporary, though not agricultural jobs. Some examples of such occupations would be sponsored jobs in truckers, ski mountains, hotels, beach resorts, or amusement parks.)

Rick S.'s Comment
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Right ! tourism visa already says only for tourism! I looked at some websites about the H-2B visa, I would like to know if this information is valid. (The H-2B visa is available for foreign workers in non-agricultural areas to work in the United States, as there are not enough citizens US-born to fill the vacancy (H-2B visas are usually for temporary, though not agricultural jobs. Some examples of such occupations would be sponsored jobs in truckers, ski mountains, hotels, beach resorts, or amusement parks.)

Not sure where you got that info from:

To qualify for an H-2B visa, your employer must meet the following requirements: The employer must have a need which is seasonal, one-time, intermittent, or peak load. The job time-frame must be for less than one year. There must be no qualified and willing U.S. workers available for the job.

I'd say that driving a truck WOULDN'T QUALIFY for ANY of the specifics of an H-2B Visa. It's neither seasonal/one-time/intermittent/peak. It's not a "less than one year" job. And there are PLENTY of "qualified and willing US workers".

Not going to get in on that one either, nor have I heard of a trucking company that is going to "sponsor" a foreigner as a trainee - when there are plenty of US citizens available.

Rick

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Keep in mind, Cassiano, we are really good at driving big trucks. For US Immigration advice, though, you should look somewhere else.

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