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For many of our clients, the American Dream means working and/or raising a family in the United States. We help our clients obtain visas, Green Cards, and citizenship. In addition, we work with investors to develop new businesses in the United States, and obtain visas/Green Cards for themselves and their staff through investment and employment.

INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY

 

Green Cards


are valid for a period of 10 years. Once a Beneficiary has been a Permanent Resident for 5 years, he or she can apply for Naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen. If the Green Card was obtained based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, the Beneficiary need only wait 3 years before applying for Naturalization.




EB-2: Professionals with Advanced Degrees or Persons with Exceptional Ability


The EB-2 employment-based permanent resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Advanced Degree,
  2. Exceptional Ability,
  3. and National Interest Waiver.
Advanced Degree For the Advanced Degree category, the foreign national must possess a Master’s or higher degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession and be employed in a position that would require such a degree. Generally, holders of employment-based (H-1B, O-1) or student visa (F-1) classifications will apply for this classification. Exceptional Ability The Exceptional Ability Category requires the foreign national to demonstrate that he or she has gained national or international recognition for past work in the arts, science, or business. The Applicant must also demonstrate that he or she will be employed in a position that requires his or her specific exceptional ability. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category, given the similarities of the two classifications. National Interest Waiver The National Interest Waiver category is substantially similar to the Exceptional Ability category described above. The one difference is that the foreign national, can request a waiver of the U.S. employer requirement by demonstrating that he or she will bring skills or talent that is highly beneficial to the U.S. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category based on the similarities of the two classifications, and because an employer is not required.




EB-3: Bachelor's Degree, Skilled, Unskilled Workers


  • While the EB-3 classification covers a variety of professional and unskilled categories, the primary category is the “professionals” category. This is reserved for individuals who possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession, and will be working in a position that requires such a degree.
  • While any nonimmigrant classification can be adjusted to this classification, the vast majority of nonimmigrant classification holders who apply for the EB-3 classification hold H-1B Specialty Occupation classifications. This is primarily due to the fact that both the H-1B and the EB-3 classifications have similar underlying requirements.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree, such as those on the H-2B for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, may apply for the EB-3 unskilled category.




EB-1: Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers/Professors, International Managers/Executive


is an employment-based Permanent Resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Extraordinary Ability
  2. Outstanding Professor or Researcher
  3. Multinational Manager or Executive.
The corresponding nonimmigrant classification that can lead to EB-1 Permanent Residence depends on the specific EB-1 category sought by the Applicant. However, none of these categories requires a nonimmigrant classification as a prerequisite because they can all be obtained by a qualifying foreign national outside the U.S. via consular processing. Extraordinary Ability: This is a self-petitioning category that does not require a prior nonimmigrant visa, but the most typical visas issued as a precursor to the EB-1 are the O-1A and O-1B visas for individuals with extraordinary ability. However, some nonimmigrant classifications do not permit Adjustment of Status in the US, including the Visa Waiver Program, K-1 fiancée classification, and J-1 visas that have a 2-year home country requirement. Outstanding Professor or Researcher: This is a category created specifically for leading academics. While most nonimmigrant classifications can be adjusted to this immigrant category, the most common types are academic or employment-based classifications, such as an F-1 student, H-1B “Specialty Occupation,” or O-1 Outstanding Ability visa. Multinational Executive or Manager: While most nonimmigrant classifications could be adjusted to this category, this is the one category under the EB-1 classification that has a specific corresponding non-immigrant classification--the L-1A Multinational Executive/Manager classification. In order to qualify for the EB-1-3, the applicant must demonstrate executive or managerial employment abroad with a qualifying entity for at least one year in the past three years.





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EMPLOYEE OR EMPLOYER

We help talented individuals and professionals work in the United States for a sponsoring employer, and prepare Green Card applications when applicable. Explore options for either an immigrant or non-immigrant employee.

Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

Employment-Based Non-Immigrant Visas

IMMIGRANT VISAS

 

An “Immigrant Visa petition” is an application to obtain Permanent Residency or “Green Card.” The petition may be filed by (1) an employer, (2) the Applicant himself or herself, or (3) by a family member. “Family members” can be: (1) a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident spouse, (2) a U.S. citizen child over the age of 21, or (3) a U.S. Citizen parent. In some instances, such as the EB-1, a foreign national can “self-petition” on his or her own behalf if she or she can

demonstrate an exceptional ability in his or her profession.


An immigrant petition (Form I-140) must first be approved by USCIS before the applicant can take the next step to Adjust Status to that of a Permanent Resident with Form I-485. Once the I-140 application is approved, applicants residing outside of the United States must attend an interview abroad at a U.S. consulate or embassy. If the visa is approved, it will be
placed in the passport and returned to the Beneficiary within a week. The immigrant visa is not in itself proof of Permanent Residence, but is merely the documentation necessary to enter the U.S. as a Permanent Resident. Once the Beneficiary is inspected by an immigration officer at a U.S. port of entry, the Beneficiary receives a stamp on the visa, and mandatory departure date on an I-94 form. Once the Beneficiary has been admitted to the U.S., the Beneficiary will receive a
Green Card.


Applicants residing within the United States may submit a form I-485 to USCIS to Adjust their Status to that of Permanent Resident. In this case, they will not actually obtain an immigrant visa, but rather will be granted immigrant status (Permanent Residence), as evidenced by a Green Card. 


Green Cards are valid for a period of 10 years. Once a Beneficiary has been a Permanent Resident for 5 years, he or she can apply for Naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen. If the Green Card was obtained based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, the Beneficiary need only wait 3 years before applying for Naturalization.

Frequently asked questions

Green Cards


are valid for a period of 10 years. Once a Beneficiary has been a Permanent Resident for 5 years, he or she can apply for Naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen. If the Green Card was obtained based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, the Beneficiary need only wait 3 years before applying for Naturalization.




EB-2: Professionals with Advanced Degrees or Persons with Exceptional Ability


The EB-2 employment-based permanent resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Advanced Degree,
  2. Exceptional Ability,
  3. and National Interest Waiver.
Advanced Degree For the Advanced Degree category, the foreign national must possess a Master’s or higher degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession and be employed in a position that would require such a degree. Generally, holders of employment-based (H-1B, O-1) or student visa (F-1) classifications will apply for this classification. Exceptional Ability The Exceptional Ability Category requires the foreign national to demonstrate that he or she has gained national or international recognition for past work in the arts, science, or business. The Applicant must also demonstrate that he or she will be employed in a position that requires his or her specific exceptional ability. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category, given the similarities of the two classifications. National Interest Waiver The National Interest Waiver category is substantially similar to the Exceptional Ability category described above. The one difference is that the foreign national, can request a waiver of the U.S. employer requirement by demonstrating that he or she will bring skills or talent that is highly beneficial to the U.S. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category based on the similarities of the two classifications, and because an employer is not required.




EB-3: Bachelor's Degree, Skilled, Unskilled Workers


  • While the EB-3 classification covers a variety of professional and unskilled categories, the primary category is the “professionals” category. This is reserved for individuals who possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession, and will be working in a position that requires such a degree.
  • While any nonimmigrant classification can be adjusted to this classification, the vast majority of nonimmigrant classification holders who apply for the EB-3 classification hold H-1B Specialty Occupation classifications. This is primarily due to the fact that both the H-1B and the EB-3 classifications have similar underlying requirements.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree, such as those on the H-2B for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, may apply for the EB-3 unskilled category.




EB-1: Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers/Professors, International Managers/Executive


is an employment-based Permanent Resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Extraordinary Ability
  2. Outstanding Professor or Researcher
  3. Multinational Manager or Executive.
The corresponding nonimmigrant classification that can lead to EB-1 Permanent Residence depends on the specific EB-1 category sought by the Applicant. However, none of these categories requires a nonimmigrant classification as a prerequisite because they can all be obtained by a qualifying foreign national outside the U.S. via consular processing. Extraordinary Ability: This is a self-petitioning category that does not require a prior nonimmigrant visa, but the most typical visas issued as a precursor to the EB-1 are the O-1A and O-1B visas for individuals with extraordinary ability. However, some nonimmigrant classifications do not permit Adjustment of Status in the US, including the Visa Waiver Program, K-1 fiancée classification, and J-1 visas that have a 2-year home country requirement. Outstanding Professor or Researcher: This is a category created specifically for leading academics. While most nonimmigrant classifications can be adjusted to this immigrant category, the most common types are academic or employment-based classifications, such as an F-1 student, H-1B “Specialty Occupation,” or O-1 Outstanding Ability visa. Multinational Executive or Manager: While most nonimmigrant classifications could be adjusted to this category, this is the one category under the EB-1 classification that has a specific corresponding non-immigrant classification--the L-1A Multinational Executive/Manager classification. In order to qualify for the EB-1-3, the applicant must demonstrate executive or managerial employment abroad with a qualifying entity for at least one year in the past three years.





NONIMMIGRANT VISAS

 

A Nonimmigrant Visa is a temporary immigration classification for a specific period of time. It is issued by a U.S. consulate or embassy, and permits a foreign national to enter the United States for a set, temporary period of time to take part in a specific activity. Examples of nonimmigrant visas include: B-1/B-2 Visitor Visas, H-1B “Specialty Occupation” Visas, L-1A
Multinational Executive/Manager Visas, TN “Professional” Visas for citizens of Canada and Mexico, E-3 visas for citizens of Australia, and F-1 Student Visas. 


Certain nonimmigrant visas, such as employment-based visas, require a U.S.-based employer tofirst file a nonimmigrant petition (Form I-129) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once a petition is approved, the foreign national beneficiary can apply for the nonimmigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy, or a change status if he or she is already residing in the U.S. in a valid immigration status.

Frequently asked questions

B-1: Temporary Business Visitor Visa


For foreign workers participating in commercial or professional business activities in the US (i.e. consulting, conference attendance, negotiating a contract, or short-term training). Maximum stay: 6 months, with 6-month renewal. Cannot earn an income on this visa. No cap. No deadline. Learn more




E-3: Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia


For nationals of the Australia. Requires US job offer in a professional “specialty occupation” and a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Valid up to 2 years with indefinite extensions. More information




ESTA: Electronic System for Travel Authorization


  • ESTA is not a visa. It does not meet the legal requirements to serve in lieu of a U.S. visa when a visa is required. Travelers that possess a valid U.S. visa may travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose it was issued. Travelers traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA. In the same way that a valid visa does not guarantee admission to the United States, an approved ESTA is not a guarantee of admission to the United States.
  • According to UCSIS, ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk. ESTA approval authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the United States under the VWP. Private carriers must be a signatory visa waiver program carrier. CBP recommends that you apply for ESTA at the time you book your travel, but no less than 72 hours prior to boarding.
  • ESTA became mandatory January 12, 2009. VWP applicants are required to complete a blue Customs declaration upon arrival in the U.S. whether or not they have an ESTA authorization. VWP travelers are no longer required to complete the green I-94W card.
  • Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and multiple trips to the United States without the traveler having to re-apply for another ESTA. When traveling to the U.S. with the approved ESTA, you may only stay for up to 90 days at a time - and there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits so that the CBP Officer does not think you are trying to live here. There is no set requirement for how long you must wait between visits.
  • Travelers whose ESTA applications are approved, but whose passports will expire in less than two years, will receive an ESTA valid until the passport's expiration date.




H-1B: Visas for Temporary Workers


For foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. Initial Stay: 3 years, with 3-year renewal. Availability: 85,000 visas annually, subject to lottery. Each year, apply March 1st to commence work in October. Requires job offer from a US employer + US Bachelor’s degree/foreign equivalent. Employer may sponsor employee for Green Card. Special H-1B1 for Chilean & Singaporean citizens. Learn more or watch




H-2B: Temporary non-agricultural workers


Allows U.S. employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs in the landscaping, hospitality, retail, and service industries. Involves a multi-step process, which requires employer to submit temporary labor application, obtain a prevailing wage, and submit a petition to USCIS. Selected employees will interview at a consulate in their home country and can be reimbursed for travel expenses. Applicants apply in October or April at a U.S. Consulate or embassy. Spouse and unmarried children may also seek admission but cannot work while in the U.S. Capped at 66,000 per fiscal year. Max stay: 3 years. Subject to the lottery. More information




J-1: Exchange Visitors


For cultural exchange visitors, scholars, and professors participating in exchange programs designated by the Department of State. Will work for “host” organization and be sponsored by third-party “sponsor.” Subject to a 2-year home country foreign residency requirement; involves specialized knowledge or skills or graduate medical training. No cap. Maximum stay: Depends on the exchange program. More information




L-1A: Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager


Enables a US employer to transfer an Executive or Manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the US. Maximum stay: 1 year to establish new office. All other qualified employees: initial 3-year stay + 2-year extensions, up to 7 years. Must show applicant worked for the company outside of the US for 1 continuous year out of last 3 years. No cap. No deadline. Eligible for Premium Processing (15-day application review) and Green Card. Learn more or watch




L-1B: Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge


Enables a US employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge of organization’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, or management, or organization’s processes and procedures to new or existing US office. Maximum Stay: 1 year to establish new office/all others: initial stay of 3 years; renewal of 1-2 years (max 5 years). Employer may sponsor for Green Card. Learn more




TN NAFTA Professionals


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Permits Canadian & Mexican citizens to engage in business activities for qualified professions. Requires proof of Canadian or Mexican citizenship, job offer letter from employer, credentials evaluation, and applicable fees. Must be renewed every three years; can be renewed indefinitely as long as the employee qualifies for the visa. Learn more




O-1: Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement


The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for an individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. The O nonimmigrant classification is commonly referred to as:

  • O-1A: individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry)
  • O-1B: individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry
  • O-2: individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.
  • O-3: individuals who are the spouse or children of O-1’s and O-2’s





 

INVESTOR OR ENTREPRENEUR

We assist entrepreneurs as they visit the US to research the market, assists with corporate setup, and prepares visa applications for business owners of new or existing businesses.

Green Cards


are valid for a period of 10 years. Once a Beneficiary has been a Permanent Resident for 5 years, he or she can apply for Naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen. If the Green Card was obtained based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, the Beneficiary need only wait 3 years before applying for Naturalization.




EB-2: Professionals with Advanced Degrees or Persons with Exceptional Ability


The EB-2 employment-based permanent resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Advanced Degree,
  2. Exceptional Ability,
  3. and National Interest Waiver.
Advanced Degree For the Advanced Degree category, the foreign national must possess a Master’s or higher degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession and be employed in a position that would require such a degree. Generally, holders of employment-based (H-1B, O-1) or student visa (F-1) classifications will apply for this classification. Exceptional Ability The Exceptional Ability Category requires the foreign national to demonstrate that he or she has gained national or international recognition for past work in the arts, science, or business. The Applicant must also demonstrate that he or she will be employed in a position that requires his or her specific exceptional ability. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category, given the similarities of the two classifications. National Interest Waiver The National Interest Waiver category is substantially similar to the Exceptional Ability category described above. The one difference is that the foreign national, can request a waiver of the U.S. employer requirement by demonstrating that he or she will bring skills or talent that is highly beneficial to the U.S. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category based on the similarities of the two classifications, and because an employer is not required.




EB-3: Bachelor's Degree, Skilled, Unskilled Workers


  • While the EB-3 classification covers a variety of professional and unskilled categories, the primary category is the “professionals” category. This is reserved for individuals who possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession, and will be working in a position that requires such a degree.
  • While any nonimmigrant classification can be adjusted to this classification, the vast majority of nonimmigrant classification holders who apply for the EB-3 classification hold H-1B Specialty Occupation classifications. This is primarily due to the fact that both the H-1B and the EB-3 classifications have similar underlying requirements.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree, such as those on the H-2B for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, may apply for the EB-3 unskilled category.




EB-1: Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers/Professors, International Managers/Executive


is an employment-based Permanent Resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Extraordinary Ability
  2. Outstanding Professor or Researcher
  3. Multinational Manager or Executive.
The corresponding nonimmigrant classification that can lead to EB-1 Permanent Residence depends on the specific EB-1 category sought by the Applicant. However, none of these categories requires a nonimmigrant classification as a prerequisite because they can all be obtained by a qualifying foreign national outside the U.S. via consular processing. Extraordinary Ability: This is a self-petitioning category that does not require a prior nonimmigrant visa, but the most typical visas issued as a precursor to the EB-1 are the O-1A and O-1B visas for individuals with extraordinary ability. However, some nonimmigrant classifications do not permit Adjustment of Status in the US, including the Visa Waiver Program, K-1 fiancée classification, and J-1 visas that have a 2-year home country requirement. Outstanding Professor or Researcher: This is a category created specifically for leading academics. While most nonimmigrant classifications can be adjusted to this immigrant category, the most common types are academic or employment-based classifications, such as an F-1 student, H-1B “Specialty Occupation,” or O-1 Outstanding Ability visa. Multinational Executive or Manager: While most nonimmigrant classifications could be adjusted to this category, this is the one category under the EB-1 classification that has a specific corresponding non-immigrant classification--the L-1A Multinational Executive/Manager classification. In order to qualify for the EB-1-3, the applicant must demonstrate executive or managerial employment abroad with a qualifying entity for at least one year in the past three years.





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