IMMIGRANT (PERMANENT) VISAS In addition to temporary visas, our firm also processes Permanent Residency or “Green Card” petitions based on Employment or QUALIFYING Family RELATIONSHIPS.
Permanent Residency through Employment:
Under U.S. Immigration Law, Permanent Residency through employment is divided into several different categories, depending on the position offered:
EB-1: First Preference The following individuals fall under this category:
Persons of Extraordinary Ability
Outstanding Professors and Researchers
Multinational Executives and Managers
Under the EB-1 category, an applicant is able to self-petition for Permanent Residency without the time-consuming process of Labor Certification (i.e. having to test the job market to demonstrate that there are no U.S. workers available to perform the job in question).Under this category, our firm has successfully obtained Permanent Residency for individuals from numerous fields, including several professional athletes within the equestrian Industry.
EB-2: Second Preference
This category includesMembers of Professions holding Advanced Degrees or foreigners of Exceptional Ability. Most EB-2 candidates must have a job offer and the employer must complete the Labor Certification process described above.Our firm is able to provide the necessary and important guidance required to successfully complete the different stages of the case, including the complex Labor Certification Process.
EB-3: Third Preference
This category includesSkilled Workers, Professionals not included in the EB-2 category, and other workers. Most EB-3 candidates must have a job offer and the employer must complete the Labor Certification process. Again, our firm can provide the necessary guidance and strategy required to successfully complete the Permanent Residency process under this category.
Under the 1990 Immigration Act, Congress provided up to 10,000 visas per year for foreign investors who wish to invest in new commercial enterprises that will create employment for at least ten U.S. workers. There are two investor groups under the program - individuals who invest at least $500,000 in "targeted employment areas" (rural areas or areas experiencing high unemployment) and those who invest $1,000,000 or more in other areas.
Permanent Residency through Family
U.S. Immigration Law provides that U.S. citizens can petition for Permanent Residency or a “Green Card” on behalf of certain family members, including parents, spouses, siblings, and children. Permanent Residents or Green Card holders can petition on behalf of their spouses and children.Due to quota limitations, several categories in regard to family members of Permanent Residents are backlogged and those waiting for Green Cards often face extended delays.Our firm is able to provide the necessary strategy and legal guidance required in order to obtain the green card in the most efficient manner and in the shortest time possible.
As always, please contact our office with any questions or if you wish to explore any of the above further.