For many people with extraordinary talent, education or resources, the next step in their career is to come to the United States. To do that, you must navigate the complexities of the U.S. immigration system. Sidman Law Group can help you do that – as it has done for countless U.S. immigrants since 1983.
As per the U.S. State Dept., employment-based immigration involves three categories: (1) People with extraordinary ability, meaning those who have reached a high level of acclaim and recognition in their fields; (2) outstanding professors and researchers on the path to tenure; and (3) executives or managers employed with multinational U.S.-based corporations.
The EB-2 visa represents the so-called “second preference” under U.S. immigration law. There are two categories under the EB-2 visa: (1) Professionals who have an advanced degree (above and beyond the baccalaureate degree), or, in rarer instances, those who have only a baccalaureate degree but relevant experience in his or her field; and (2) those with “exceptional ability” in the arts and sciences or in business, as demonstrated by evidence.
Available for skilled workers, professionals and unskilled workers (other workers). A labor certification and a permanent, full-time job offer are required to become eligible.
Available for ‘special immigrants’ including religious workers, special immigrant juveniles, broadcasters, G-4 International Organization or NATO-6 employees and their family members, armed forces members, Panama Canal Zone employees, certain physicians, Afghan and Iraqi Translators, Afghan and Iraqi nationals who have provided faith service in support of U.S. operations.
The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is designed around economic job growth. As per U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, entrepreneurs and their families may immigrate to the U.S. (and are green card eligible) provided that they meet two basic criteria: (1) Can invest in a commercial U.S. business (2) Can create or preserve 10 jobs for U.S. workers.
If a U.S. citizen wishes to bring a foreign relative into the country one of the following preference categories would be used:
Available to unmarried children of U.S. Citizens over the age of 21.
Available to spouses & children under the age of 21 of lawful permanent residents.
Available to unmarried children of lawful permanent residents over the age of 21.
Available to married sons & daughters of U.S. citizens.
Available to brothers & sister of U.S. citizens if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older.
Available for immigrant applicants who have been denied a visa or are inadmissible to the United States and are seeking for adjustment of status, certain nonimmigrant statuses or immigrant status.
Available for immigrant visa applicants with relatives who are green card holders or U.S. citizens to apply for a “provisional” waiver of the unlawful presence grounds of inadmissibility before they depart the U.S. for an immigrant visa interview at a U.S. Embassy abroad.