Permanent Residency Visas (“Green Cards”)
1. Family Sponsored Immigration
U.S. citizens may petition for spouses, parents, children and siblings. Permanent residents may petition for spouses and children.
2. 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.
2. 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 national interest, the job offer and labor certification requirements can be waived.
3. 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.
4. EB-4: Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers
Ministers of religion are eligible for permanent residency.
5. EB-5: Investor/Employment Creation Visas
Congress has set aside up to 10,000 visas per year for foreign investors in new commercial enterprises who create employment for ten individuals. Simply put, fast track immigration opportunities exist for foreign nationals investing $1 million dollars (and in some cases only $5,000,000) in a newly established United States business. Benefits to a foreign national who qualifies for a green card through investment include allowing the foreign national’s spouse and unmarried children under age 21 to also qualify for green cards as accompanying relatives. Our associate firm manages all aspects of this process including corporate structure requirements and United States tax and immigration compliance.
6. DV-1: Visas (the “Green Card Lottery”)
55,000 visas are annually allotted in a random drawing to individuals from nations underrepresented in the total immigrant pool.
7. Refugee and Asylum Applications
Persons with a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion may be eligible to apply for asylum or refugee status in the U.S. Our associates are a firm of seasoned litigators from over 300 plus trials, and stand ready to assist our clients in any court.