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Business & Employment Visas
Business & Employment Visas in Orange, CA
The United States welcomes thousands of foreign workers in multiple occupations or employment categories every year. These include artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers and others. All foreign workers must obtain permission to work legally in the United States. Each employment category for admission has different requirements, conditions and authorized periods of stay. It is important that you adhere to the terms of your application or petition for admission and visa.
Our firm has successfully processed the following types of visas:
- PERM – Petitions for employees
- L-1 Intra-company Transfer
- E-2 visas
Petitioning for an Foreign National Employee – PERM
How can an employer petition for a Foreign National employee for a “Green Card”?
Most people are not aware, but a U.S. Employer has the ability to petition for his/her employee for permanent residency in the U.S. (“Green Card”). See 20 CFR 656. There are certain guidelines that must be followed, but a competent attorney can assist in this process.
PERM is the process for obtaining labor certification, which is the first step of the “green card” process for foreign nationals seeking permanent residence through their employment.
To obtain an approved PERM Labor Certification, the employer must prove (through newspaper advertising and other recruiting methods) that they were unsuccessful in recruiting a qualified U.S. worker for a certain position.
The employer must be prepared to hire the foreign worker on a full-time and permanent basis.
Can the employee include his spouse and children?
If the process is completed successfully, the employee will be able to obtain permanent residency here in the U.S. A highlight of this process is that the “employee” will be able to include his spouse and children (under 18 years of age and unmarried), which would qualify them for residency through the same petition.
For more information, please contact our office to speak with an experienced attorney.
L-1 Intra-Company Transfers
Below, we will give some insight into the L-1 visa. This is one of our most successful application for businesses that are abroad, and wish to establish residence in the U.S. The L-1 visa allows for certain employees of said business to come into the U.S. on a visa and potentially earn permanent residency in the U.S.
Is My foreign Business or Investment an Option to gain U.S. Residency?
If you are an investor and need assistance in processing the purchase of the business, our firm can assist. Now is the time to invest in the United States!! We not only provide you with assistance in negotiating the terms of the purchase, but make sure your interests are entirely protected throughout the process. As many investors are new to United States, they may not be fully aware of the potentials pitfalls one may encounter when purchasing a business or establishing a U.S. Branch in the U.S. Below are some options you may consider:
Does your company overseas, want to establish a U.S. Branch? If so, the L-1 Visa can lead to permanent residency for you and certain employees
There is a special visa available for companies that wish to expand operations into the United States by opening a branch, a warehouse or an office.
This visa, known as the L1 visa, is one of the most popular -- especially since it can lead to permanent residency!
The general requirements are as follows:
Company Requirements – Must be a "Qualifying Organization"
- The foreign company must have been in operation for at least (1) year and must remain in operation at all times after the opening of the US division;
- A qualifying organization may include a branch of the same employer, or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate;
- New offices must submit additional evidence, including a business plan, and must show progress on start-up activities after one year.
- The annual sales volume or gross revenues of the foreign company ideally should exceed $250,000;
- Ideally, the foreign company should employ at least (3) individuals;
- One must be able to demonstrate that the foreign company is successful, in good standing, financially solid, that expansion into the United States will not negatively affect its foreign operations, and that the expansion will eventually create jobs for US workers.
Categories of Workers Eligible to be Transferred to U.S. Operation
- Owners - Must be either the sole owner or a majority shareholder.
- Executives - Includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer of the company.
- Managers, Upper Level - Should be General Managers, Sales Managers, Production Managers, etc. (First-line supervisors generally do not qualify).
- Specialized Knowledge Workers - Must have special knowledge specific to the product or the company.
- The visa applicant must have worked for the foreign company for at least (1) out of the last (3) years; and
- The visa applicant's presence in the United States is essential to the success and the smooth operation of the U.S. company.
grate lawyers. very efficient, helping me process my green card, and legal status.
Joe Luna really helped us with an issue we had with Canada. Gave us sound advice and we really appreciated his helpfulness. Would highly recommend his practice.
Professional and Personable Consultation
Had a few questions regarding to visa and business structure, called in and they set up a appointment within 30 mins. Connected with Mr. Jo over the phone and his insight on immigration laws are impeccable. Will be staying in touch for future help and needs in the United States regarding to visa issues! Thanks again!
Quiero dar gracias a al abogado Joe Luna , es muy profesional el me aludo a hacer mi ciudadanía en menos de 6meses fue muy fácil, mi entrevista fue muy fácil y rápida el estuvo presente conmigo durante la entrevista. Gracias
A million Thanks to Commonwealth Law Group!
A million Thanks to Commonwealth Law Group, in behalf of my wife and myself, in resolving my Immigration issues, now i can sleep well and put everything behind. Once again a big thank you for your help Sincerely PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!
Professional and honest Immigration Lawyers.
I had a very complicated immigration case and at times it looked like my dream of holding a Green Card was an impossible dream. But the attorney team of CLG never gave up on my case and kept on pushing it forward. They know every immigration law in the book and they will fight for you until the issue is resolved. Now I have my Green Card and I was able to visit my family for the first time in many years. Thank you, CLG team!
Best experience I've ever had by far. They really care about the situation your in and give great attention to the matter. Really put my faith in these guys and they delivered thank you guys!
Everyone was very helpful, friendly and professional in handling my file.
My family is together thanks to Commonwealth Law Group!!
I contacted Commonwealth law group after my husband was deported. They immediately met with me and started working on my husband's case.I am extremely satisfied with there work they understood what me and my family was going thru and helped me in every way possible, needless to say we have been reunited my. Husband is home and we couldn't be happier thank you so much to the entire staff of Commonwealth Law Group
I highly recommend this law group they never left me alone during my process of DACA ,they told me everything I need it since the beginning of my process answering every question I had about this process.
Permanent Resident Card
Found them after doing some researches online, me and my husband went here as soon as it was made legally possible for a gay couple to get married. I was born and raised in another country, but I was here in the States LEGALLY. They seemed knowledgeable on procedures and steps to take, our case was not complex as might some others could be. Every step we took was right, from the beginning to the final interview, except a really minor mistake when first filed the papers. Another minor thing I was not terribly happy about was their timing in answering when u had a question or something u might could have needed, but it seems reasonable when u also consider the amount of cases they had in that period. Services fees are on the high end, but you get what u pay for.
I now have my Green Card!
I cant say enough about my attorneys. I had been to 2 different attorneys who messed up my case. It had taken about 7 years in trying to get my papers. So everyone was telling me that nothing could be done and basically I had to live without any protection until I was deported. So a friend recommended me to this office and they actually spent time learning my case before they even charged me. When they called me back and told me that they could help, I didnt believe it. But I had heard they were really good and so I went with this office. Right away they started working on my case and fixing what the other attorneys had done. Finaly, after a year with my new attorneys, they fixed everything and they got my green card!. I couddnt believe it and I started crying. My whole life I have been waiting for this moment. It was like my dreams had come true that day. I want to especially thank all of the workers at the office who helped with when I had questions. Thank you Thank Thank You
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