Savannah Employment Based Immigration Lawyer
In a globalized economy, workers regularly cross national borders to accept jobs, bringing valuable skills and educational experience with them that enrich the entire economy. Nevertheless, workers still need legal permission to enter the U.S. and work.
The legal team at Shirazi Immigration Law can advise on which visa to seek and ensure that all paperwork is completed in a timely manner. Immigration is a hot-button issue in the U.S., but the government continues to issue hundreds of thousands of employment visas every year. Please contact our Savannah employment based immigration lawyer today to learn more.
The U.S. currently groups workers into several preference categories for purposes of awarding permanent employment-based visas:
- EB-1 First preference. Typically, this category includes those with extraordinary ability in business, education, the arts or sciences, or athletics. Outstanding professors and researchers also fall in this category.
- EB-2 Second preference. This category includes professionals who work jobs that require an advanced degree or who have exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business.
- EB-3 Third preference. Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers are in this category. A skilled worker is someone whose job requires at least two years of training. Unskilled workers must do labor that is not seasonal.
- EB-4 Fourth preference. Many special immigrants qualify, such as religious workers or Afghans or Iraqis who were employed by the U.S. government.
Most visas are reserved for those in the first three categories. An employer sponsors the immigrant and starts the process by completing paperwork and receiving appropriate labor certification. Shirazi Law is prepared to help employers and the workers they sponsor navigate the process and collect all necessary documents and information in support of an application.
Treaty Trader Visas
The U.S. maintains important commerce treaties with different nations around the globe. Someone who is a national of one of these treaty countries might seek an E-1 or E-2 visa:
- E-1 visas are available to those coming to the U.S. who engage in substantial trade, especially principal trade between their country and the United States. Someone with an E-1 visa can stay in the country for up to two years and may renew the visa indefinitely. A spouse and unmarried minor children can accompany the E-1 visa holder.
- E-2 visas are available to those who have invested substantial capital in a business or are in the active process of investing, and who come to the U.S. to establish and grow the business. As with the E-1 visa, an E-2 visa is good for a maximum of two years, though you can renew it. A spouse and minor, unmarried children can also come with you.
Reach Out to a Savannah Employment Based Immigration Lawyer
With its dynamic economy, the United States is the destination of choice for many people seeking to establish themselves in a field or to advance professionally. If you are interested in working in the U.S. or investing in a business, contact Shirazi Immigration Law today. Our legal team can walk you through the process and address anything that might hold up your approval to come and work here.