The immigration process is confusing and complex. There are visas for those who marry Americans and want to live in the United States permanently. A person can get a visa to reunite with family members who already live in this country. There are also visas available for those who wish to work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis.
Employment-based immigrant visas allow employers to sponsor workers from foreign countries. Many talented workers live in foreign countries and this process allows U.S. companies to expand their talent pool. It also allows workers access to more opportunities than they may find in their home country.
America is known as the Land of the Free. With so many opportunities here, employment visas are very popular, but they are limited. The U.S. government has only 140,000 employment visas available each year.
Things get more complicated from there. There are five types of work visas. The EB-1 visa is for priority workers, which include outstanding professors and researchers and those with exceptional talent and abilities in the fields of athletics, art, education, science, and business. The EB-2 visa is for those who do not fit into the EB-1 category but have advanced degrees.
The EB-3 visa is for professionals with college degrees as well as skilled workers who have more than two years of experience. Unskilled workers with less than two years of experience can apply for an EW-3 visa.
The EB-4 visa is for workers in religious and international organizations, as well as those who work in the public and government sectors. The final category, EB-5, is for investors. Applicants must invest between $500,000 and $1 million. The goal is to create jobs and boost the U.S. economy. There are four subcategories: C-5, T-5, R-5, and I-5.
Most people apply for the first three categories. Each category accounts for nearly 29% of the approved applications, accounting for 120,000 of the 140,000 visa quota. The government issues approximately 10,000 each of the EB-4 and EB-5 visas.
If you have applied for an employment visa, expect a long wait. You are not the only one applying for such a visa. Hundreds of thousands of people are applying. The process could take anywhere from several months to several years. This can impact your chances of getting the job you wanted. If you are an employee or employer dealing with issues in the visa process, seek legal help right away.
America is the land of opportunity. There are many jobs available to those who are from other countries and wish to work here in the United States. However, even with a visa, there are regulations that need to be followed. Employers and employees alike may have difficulty with this process.
Having the right legal help can help you meet your goals. The East Chicago lawyers at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC can help. We have several locations throughout Illinois to help. Contact us at (312) 332-2550 or fill out the online form.
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