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Portage Employment Immigration Attorney

Immigrating to the United States for work either permanently or temporarily involves a complex application process full of hurdles and potential delays in vying for very few allotted spots. Working with an employment immigration attorney to complete the process can make all the difference.

Our Portage employment immigration attorneys have worked with a number of individual and corporate clients over the years to actualize these needs. Contact our office today for a free consultation to find out more.

The Permanent Residence Process

The process of applying to become a permanent resident/worker can be long and complex. In general, this is the timeline of events for this option:

  • Employer and worker determine if the worker is eligible based on the options and categories offered by the U.S.;
  • Employer completes a labor certification request for most of these categories, and submits it to the Department of Labor;
  • If a labor certification is required, it must be granted;
  • Employer files the immigrant visa petition and the U.S. Citizenship;
  • Immigration Services approves the immigrant visa petition;
  • State department provides the applicant with an immigrant visa number; and
  • The worker is notified that a number has become available. They must complete the process at their consulate office (if outside the U.S.), or apply for permanent resident status (if already in the U.S.).

Preference Categories

The regulations under the Immigration and Nationality Act divide immigrant visas into five preference groups based on skills, including:

  • First preference (EB-1): Those who qualify as having extraordinary abilities, multinational executives and managers, and outstanding professors and researchers;
  • Second preference (EB-2): Individuals of professions who hold advanced degrees;
  • Third preference (EB03): Workers who possess less than two years of experience or training, professionals with a bachelor’s degree, and skilled workers with at least two years of experience;
  • Fourth preference (EB-4): “Special immigrants,” which encompasses a number of subcategories such as religious workers; and
  • Fifth preference (EB-5): Investors who invest significant funds in U.S. companies.

Contact Our Portage Employment Immigration Attorneys

Our firm has more than 40 years of experience assisting employers and individuals with employment-based immigration. Contact our Portage office today for a free consultation to find out more.