In order for a non-U.S. citizen to work in the U.S., they must obtain a permanent green card/residence or a temporary visa. This requires authorization from the U.S. government and typically must be petitioned by an employer, although there are some circumstances under which foreign nationals can apply themselves. Under the law, there are approximately 140,000 spaces made each year for non-temporary employment-based immigrant visas.
The process of applying for employment immigration is incredibly complex and typically takes the assistance of a skilled employment immigration attorney.
Our firm has a strong track record of assisting both employers and individuals in coming to the U.S. for work. Contact our Ottawa County office today to find out more.
Employment-based visas are divided into five main categories, including:
Each category is assigned a different percentage of the total 140,000 spots, with the majority being reserved for the first through third categories. Both the second and third categories require that the employer apply for and obtain a labor certification; a process that involves providing documentation that the job cannot reasonably be filled by a U.S. citizen.
Skilled and unskilled applicants also have the option of applying for temporary immigration status, although there are fewer of these allotted than for permanent employment visas. These visas are extremely competitive, warranting working with an employment visa lawyer to prepare your application as early as possible.
These visas include:
Our firm provides more than 40 years of experience assisting employers and individuals with employment-based immigration. Contact us at our Ottawa County location to find out more.
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