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Grand Rapids Employment Immigration Attorney

Although there are a number of spots allotted for businesses to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. to work in their businesses each year, the rules are incredibly complex, and one mistake can lead to significant delays. There are “preference” categories based upon the worker and the circumstances, and each is assigned a narrow, specific percentage when it comes to the number of foreign nationals that can come in under that category.

Working with an experienced employment immigration attorney can make all the difference in this process. Qualified attorneys can help provide you with advice, review applications and accompanying documents, and ensure that everything is on track for approval. Contact our Grand Rapids attorneys today to find out more.

First Preference (E1)

This category encompasses individuals who possess extraordinary or exceptional ability, are multinational executives and managers; and/or are outstanding professors and researchers.

Second Preference (E2)

This category encompasses individuals who possess an extraordinary or exceptional ability and professionals with advanced degrees.

Third Preference (E3)

This is a broad category that fits a number of individuals ranging from professionals to both skilled and unskilled workers.

Fourth Preference (E4)

This covers “Special Immigrants,” a category covering broadcasters employed by the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors; certain employees or former employees of the U.S. government abroad; employees of the mission in Hong Kong; and Ministers of Religion.

Fifth Preference (E5)

This covers investors. To qualify as an “investor,” an applicant must invest a certain amount in a U.S. commercial enterprise which creates at least 10 new jobs for lawful immigrants, U.S. citizens, or permanent resident aliens.

Employment Visas

Some of the most commonly used visas categories are:

  • E Visas: Investors and traders who conduct business transactions or plan to invest substantial capital;
  • H Visas: Usually covers professional workers, nurses, trainees, workers in shortage occupations, etc. These visas allow for work for a temporary period, and the employer must file for it;
  • L Visas: For employees who need to transfer from one company to another inside the U.S. where their skills are essential; and
  • TN Visas: Workers from Canada or Mexico who work in connection with NAFTA.

Contact Our Grand Rapids Employment Immigration Attorneys

Our firm provides more than 40 years of experience assisting employers and individuals with employment-based immigration.