The U.S. allots only 140,000 permanent residency spots for foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to work each year, and every year it becomes more and more difficult to get workers here; not only because there are an increasing number of applicants; but because immigration seems to become more and more controversial in general in the U.S.
If you are an employer or individual seeking services in employment immigration, working with an experienced employment immigration attorney who helps businesses and individuals every day with these applications and in ensuring that the process is successful can make all the difference in the world. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience assisting employers and individuals with employment-based immigration. Contact our Hammond Employment Immigration Attorneys today to find out how we can help you.
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, there is a maximum of 140,000 visa “spots” that are split into different preference categories, some of which require labor certification, and some require that a petition is filed. Within the “first preference” group (EB-1), there are three subcategories, each of which requires the immigrant petition, Form I-140:
“Second Preference” applicants (EB-2) do need to have a labor certification via the Department of Labor (unless they have a Schedule A designation or can show that they qualify for a “shortage occupation”) as well as a job offer. Within this group, there are two subcategories:
The National Interest Waiver is also an EB-2 option, and allows the applicant to bypass the labor certification and job offer requirements if they can show that their work would be in the “nation’s best interest.”
This group (EB-3) requires an I-140 petition filed by the employer, as well as a labor certification (unless they have a Schedule A designation or can show that they are eligible for a “shortage occupation”). There are three subcategories within this group:
A “Petition for Special Immigrant” is required unless you are an overseas employee of the U.S. government, in which case you would submit a different form. Some of the subcategories include:
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.
In order to obtain an employment-based green card, your employer must go through an extensive process which is beyond difficult without the assistance of an experienced employment immigration attorney. Contact our experienced Hammond employment immigration attorneys today to find out how we can help you with this process.
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