EMPLOYMENT BASED IMMIGRATION
U.S. permanent residence (commonly referred to as green card status) may be gained through a range of employment-based (EB) immigration options. Many of the EB options require the sponsorship of a U.S. employer. The employer must intend to hire the foreign national on a long-term basis for a position that is not considered temporary. The employer must obtain approval through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and/or the USCIS, depending upon the type of case. In limited EB categories, the foreign national may self-sponsor. In some cases, the U.S. employer can or must be a company owned in whole or in part by the foreign national.
Many EB cases require three separate stages. In such cases, the first stage is the PERM labor certification (PERM labor) process. The second stage is the filing of an immigrant petition with the USCIS by the employer. The third stage requires the foreign national to apply either for adjustment of status to permanent residence or for consular processing for an immigrant visa, based upon approval of the first two steps.
There are considerable variations in the requirements within the EB options:
Temporary Work Visas
Immigrant visas allow you to work permanently in the U.S. and receive a U.S. green card (permanent residence). We help clients apply for the following visas:
As with temporary worker visas, you must meet specific requirements to be eligible for an EB/E visa, and the availability depends on the type of visa you wish to receive.
Attorney Susan R. Torres can evaluate potential EB options for U.S. employers who wish to sponsor workers, as well as for foreign nationals. She also provides full-scope representation throughout the EB immigration process.
While there are many options for working in the United States, the immigration laws are complex and limited. Furthermore, immigration law and policy are constantly changing, sometimes closing doors and other times opening them for immigrant workers. That is why it is important to work with an immigration attorney who stays up to date on the law and will honestly evaluate all of your options for obtaining a U.S. work visa or employment-based green card.
Attorney Susan R. Torres is committed to helping people realize their professional goals. She takes the time to get to know her clients so that she can help them find the best avenue to help them realize their unique immigration goals.