Sherman Oaks Employment-Based Visas Attorney
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If you are hoping to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, you will likely need to explore an employment-based immigrant visa. These visas, often called green cards, entitle the beneficiary to lawful permanent residency, which allows them to work and live in the United States indefinitely. These types of visas can be difficult to obtain, especially without the aid of experienced legal representation.
Our Sherman Oaks employment-based visa lawyer at Zadykyan Law can assess your situation and determine what categories may apply to you. We are compassionate to your goal of making the United States your home and emphasize innovative legal solutions to make it possible.
Types of Work Visas in the U.S.
There are many types of work visas that those living outside the United States may use. The most common types of employment-based visas are:
- Temporary Non-Immigrant Visas - H Visas, I Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, R Visas, TN NAFTA
- Permanent (Immigrant) Workers - EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, and EB-5
- Student and Exchange Visitors - F Visa, M Visa, J Visa,
- Temporary Visit for Business - B-1 Visa, GB Temporary Visitor to Guam, and WB Temporary Business
- Visitor Under Visa Waiver Program
At Zadykyan Law, our work visa lawyers in Sherman Oaks focus on permanent worker visas, which involve five preference categories.
Benefits of Permanent Work Visas?
With permanent work visas or employment-based green cards, it is possible to obtain permanent residence for you and your immediate family.
Limits on Employment-Based Visas
The United States does not allow an unlimited number of individuals to receive employment-based visas. In fact, the country only presently grants 140,000 visas for each fiscal year, a number that includes spouses and children of the immigrants. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) relies on a preferential system to determine who receives visas in any given period.
Because these visa types are so competitive, it is critical you retain the services of our Sherman Oaks employment-based visa attorney. We can strategize on how to optimize your application and arm you with the best odds of a successful outcome.
Call (818) 600-6322 for a free consultation with a work visa lawyer in Sherman Oaks. Same-day, after-hour, and weekend times are available.
EB-1 Visas for Priority Workers
EB-1 visas are reserved for individuals of “extraordinary ability” in athletic, artistic, scientific, educational, or business industries. Establishing a person’s “extraordinary ability” necessitates a great deal of evidence and even testimony from accomplished members of the relevant industry.
No PERM Labor Certification is required and family members of EB-1 visa holders may be admitted to the U.S. on E-14 or E-15 immigrant status if their green card from (I-140) has been approved.
“Outstanding” professors and researchers, as well as executives and managers for international corporations, can also be eligible for EB-1 visas. 40,000 visas are set aside per year for this category, and any excess applications receive first priority consideration if there are deficiencies in other categories’ quotas.
EB-2 Visas for Advanced Degree Professionals
EB-2 visas are intended for workers with advanced academic degrees. A bachelor’s degree will not suffice: Successful applicants will typically need a master’s, Juris Doctor, or medical degree. Bachelor’s degree holders can sometimes qualify if they demonstrate 5 years of continuous and “progressive experience” in their profession. In either scenario, you will need a job offer in the United States to be granted a visa.
Labor certification is required for this visa unless a national interest waiver can be obtained. Family members of EB-2 visa holders may apply for admission to the United States if their green card form has been approved.
Those with “exceptional” abilities in areas of business, science, or the arts can also qualify if USCIS believes their skills will substantially benefit the country’s economy. 40,000 slots are available to EB-2 visas annually, plus any leftover from EB-1 quotas. This category can potentially be a strategic choice if you meet the prerequisites, as it historically has been in less-demand than similar visas despite its large annual quota.
EB-3 Visas for Professionals, Skilled Workers, and Unskilled Workers
The next rung on the ladder, EB-3 visas, encompasses several subcategories, including workers with bachelor’s degrees, skilled workers with at least two years of professional experience in their field, and workers without formal training who are seeking “unskilled” labor that is not seasonal or temporary. Like EB-2 visas, EB-3 applicants must have a full-time job offer from a United States employer in order to be considered, regardless of their subcategory.
Labor certification is required for this option and family members may apply for admission to the U.S. after their Form I-140 has been approved. There are specific forms for spouses or children.
If a professional with a bachelor’s degree has 5 years of experience, they can instead qualify for an EB-2 visa. 40,000 EB-3 visas are allocated each year, with 10,000 specifically set aside for unskilled workers. Any unused visas from the EB-1 or EB-2 quotas can also be filled by remaining EB-3 applicants. This category is very popular and competitive due to its relatively lower requirements.
Continue scrolling below to learn about EB-4 and EB-5 visas.
This special category of visa grants lawful permanent residency to immigrants who are able to pump a substantial amount of money into the United States economy; it is, in essence, a “pay-to-play” means of obtaining a green card.
There is no need for labor certification when applying for the EB-5 visa and family members may apply for green cards.
A prospective immigrant must invest between $500,000 and $1,000,000 into a United States business to be granted an EB-5 visa. The beneficiary must also take an active role in the invested business, though they do not need to own or run it. Only 10,000 investor visas are allotted each year, though this threshold has never been completely met. If too many immigrants apply from a particular country, however, as has recently occurred for China, India, and Vietnam, a wait list is generated. Your application will be processed in the order in which it was received.
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Employment-based immigrant visas are fundamentally competitive due to the huge demand and limited supply. While it is possible to apply for one on your own, you are likely to fall prey to common errors or face tremendous wait times, especially for more popular categories.
Our Sherman Oaks employment-based visas lawyer at Zadykyan Law can work to minimize delays and get you your employment-based green card as efficiently as possible. We have ample experience assisting our clients successfully obtain each type of visa. We are a results-oriented firm, so we will evaluate all aspects of your circumstances to identify the most pragmatic means of obtaining you a work visa. We are committed to client satisfaction, so we can walk you through the rationale for our strategy and advise you on all of your options.
We take the time to listen, answer your questions and create a tailored strategy to accomplish your goals.
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