The United States offers multiple immigration options to individuals who want to seek employment in the United States or even open their own business in this country. However, coming to the United States as an employee or business owner isn’t easy and requires the applicant to meet many different regulations. To ensure that you have the best chance of success, you need experienced Miami employment immigration attorneys on your side.
About Miami Employment Immigration Laws
The United States immigration system offers both immigrant and non-immigrant visas to individuals who want to come to the United States for employment purposes. Several different visas are available to meet the needs of different types of applicants.
Mark E. Fried, P.A. offers assistance with the following immigrant visas available to people seeking employment in the United States:
EB-1 Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and Multinational Executives and Managers
- Individuals in this category can petition for permanent residency without having to go through the time-consuming labor certification process.
EB-2 Workers with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts or Business
- Visa holders in this category normally must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process. The labor certification involves a testing of the job market to demonstrate that the potential visa holder is not taking a job away from a U.S. worker. In cases where an individual can show that his entry is in the nation’s interest, the job offer and labor certification requirements can be waived.
EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals
- Visa holders in this category normally must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process.
EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers
- Ministers of religion are eligible for permanent residency.
EB-5 Investor / Employment Creation Visas
- Under the 1990 Immigration Act, Congress has set aside up to 10,000 visas per year for alien investors in new commercial enterprises that create employment for ten thousand qualified individuals. There are two groups of investors under the program – those who invest at least $500,000.00 in “targeted employment areas” (rural areas or areas experiencing high unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate) and those who invest $1,000,000 anywhere else. A person may also invest through a regional center where he can show job creation directly or indirectly.
A number of non-immigrant visas are available as well for workers with different types of skills and backgrounds. These visas allow you to work in the U.S. temporarily.
Mark E. Fried, P.A. also offers assistance with the following non-immigrant visa types:
E-1 / E-2 Treaty Trader and Investor Visas
- Investors and traders and their employees may receive visas to carry on their businesses in the U.S. if their home country has a commercial treaty with the US conferring visa eligibility.
H-1B Specialty Occupation (Professional) Visas
- Professional workers with at least a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent work experience) may be eligible for a non-immigrant visa if their employers can demonstrate that they are to be paid at least the prevailing wage for the position.
J-1 and Q-1 Exchange Visitor Visas
- Persons coming to the U.S. in an approved exchange program may be eligible for the J-1 Exchange Visitor’s visa. J-1 programs often cover students, short-term scholars, business trainees, teachers, professors and research scholars, specialists, international visitors, government visitors, camp counselors and au pairs.
L-1 Intra-company Transfer Visas
- L-1 visas are available to executives, managers and specialized knowledge employees transferring to their employer’s U.S. affiliate, parent or subsidiary. Executives and managers holding L-1 visas may be eligible for permanent residency without the need for a labor certification.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability Worker Visas
- The O-1 category is set-aside for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability. Persons with extraordinary ability in entertainment, business, athletics and science may qualify.
P-1 Artists and Athletes Visas
- This category covers professional athletes, artists and entertainers.
R-1 Religious Worker Visas
- Religious workers may be eligible for an R-1 visa if they were a member of the religious denomination for at least 2 years immediately proceeding their entry, they are coming to work at least 20 hours per week, and they are coming to perform a religious vocation or occupation.
TN Status Under the North American Free Trade Agreement
- A special category has been set up for nationals of Canada and Mexico under the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), who seek to be employed in the U.S. in certain categories designated under the treaty.
Why You Need Employment Immigration Attorneys in Miami
With so many different immigrant and non-immigrant visas to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which option is right for your needs. However, experienced immigration attorneys can review your situation and help you figure out which visa gives you the best chance of coming to the United States and accomplishing your goals. Your attorney can also help you complete the process as quickly as possible and deal with any challenges you may face along the way.
Contact an Experienced Immigration Attorney
If you hope to come to the United States for employment, you need to consult experienced immigration attorneys in Miami as soon as possible to help you maximize your chances of success. Please contact Mark E. Fried, P.A. at (305) 371-7079 to learn more about your employment immigration options or to schedule a consultation.