EMPLOYMENT AND INVESTOR BASED IMMIGRATION
We understand employment- and investor-based immigration is a complicated process. We are here to assist you in navigating its complexities and determining what type of immigration makes sense for you and/or your business.
PERMANENT (IMMIGRANT) WORKER
A permanent worker is an individual who is authorized to live and work permanently in the U.S. Through the following employment categories/preferences, green cards can be obtained.
First Preference EB-1: This preference is reserved for:
- People of extraordinary ability
- Outstanding professors and researchers
- Multinational managers or executives
Second Preference EB-2: This preference is reserved for:
- People with advanced degrees
- People with exceptional ability
- People who quality for a National Interest Waiver, which demonstrates it is in the nation’s interest that you permanently work in the U.S. do not require an employer sponsor
Third Preference EB-3: This preference is reserved for:
- Skilled workers
- Other workers
Fourth Preference EB-4: This preference is reserved for “Special Immigrants" such as:
- Religious workers
- Armed Forces members
- International employees of U.S. government abroad
Fifth Preference EB-5: This preference is reserved for those who invest $1 million or $500,000:
- Starting a commercial enterprise
- Creating 10 permanent full-time jobs
Temporary (non-immigrant) Worker
A temporary non-immigrant worker is a class of individuals seeking to enter the U.S. for a set period of time and a specific purpose. There are several different types of employment visas:
H-1B — This is the most common visa available for highly skilled individuals. A prospective employer must file a non-immigrant petition on your behalf.
TN — Under the NAFTA agreement, professionals from Mexico or Canada who have degrees and/or experience in specified fields may gain employment through this visa.
L-1 — This visa is available for transferees from a multi-national corporation. An individual must have at least one year working for the company abroad prior to applying.
O-1 — This visa is available to individuals of extraordinary ability in science, education, business or athletics who have received national and/or international acclaim in their field.
P-1 — This visa is available for internationally acclaimed athletes and entertainers.
Investor based visas
There are two types of investor visas that may be available to individuals wanting to start a business in the U.S.
E-1 — For individuals involved in the sale, purchase, and trade of goods and services.
E-2 — For individuals who want to invest or start up a business in the U.S., this temporary U.S. work visa may also be available to employees, spouses and children.