The opportunity to work in the United States is a dream for many people all over the world. In some cases, qualified workers wish to share their knowledge and experience with American employers. The United States immigration system allows for some immigrants to enter the country on a work visa. An employment-based visa can be an ideal way to obtaining a Green Card and eventually permanent residence status. Not only does it take significantly less time than family-based immigration, but employers willing to sponsor foreign nationals have access to resources that can help pave the way for a successful immigration application. These employment-based visas can be for individuals who work in a variety of fields or industries. The application process can be intimidating, so it is important to seek professional legal counsel to ensure you are completing the necessary paperwork.
Every fiscal year, approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are available to qualified applicants under U.S. immigration law. Employment-based immigrant visas are separated into five “preference” categories. The employment preference categories typically classify jobs by the level of education necessary to perform the job. Below are the different types of categories:
Based on an approved petition, an applicant’s spouse and any unmarried minor children (under 21), may also apply for immigrant visas. They must also fill out required application forms, obtain necessary civil documents, pay the fees, and provide proof of medical examinations.
For a company to sponsor a foreign national, the employer typically must meet several requirements, such as the following:
To initiate the employment-based visa process, the employer must file a Form I-140 Petition for Alien Worker with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These applications can be complicated and are limited to a certain number of people. Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure your employment-based adjustment status is processed in a timely and efficient manner.
There are several different ways a foreign national can enter the United States. If you or someone you love is hoping to live and work in the United States on a work visa, it is imperative that you understand the correct legal steps to take. That is why you need to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Illinois immigration attorney at the Mevorah Law Offices LLC. We have extensive experience in handling many types of immigration cases. Call our office today at 630-932-9100 to schedule a complimentary initial consultation.
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