A green card indicates a person’s lawful, permanent residency in the US. Obtaining this document is the primary goal of our clients who are planning to enter this country. If you share the same goal, contact us today to arrange a free consultation.
Having lawful permanent residency enables you to live and work in the US indefinitely. However, obtaining this type of residency has become more complicated after the 9/11 attacks. For this reason, residency applicants need help in navigating the process. At the Law Office of Nina R. Bauer, we assist clients in obtaining permanent residence through the categories listed below within two main types of permanent visas:
1. Employment-Based Immigrant Visas
The Law Office of Nina R. Bauer will guide you in applying for employment-based visas. Through this document, staying in the US is permissible for:
- Immigrants with extraordinary ability in business, arts, or sciences
- Managers and Executives of multinational businesses
- Outstanding professors or researchers
- Immigrants with advanced degrees who are performing work in the national interest
- Immigrants with job offers and a bachelor’s degree or higher
- Immigrants with previous work experience
- Religious workers and ministers whose services are required by their not-for-profit, faith-based organization
- Immigrant investors with substantial funds invested in the US
PERM Process: Some employment-based applications require you to go through a process called Program Review Electronic Management (PERM). This is a procedure by which the US Department of Labor certifies there is a lack of qualified US workers in your job category. Once the labor shortage is certified, you can apply at the CIS level for your immigrant visa. We can help you navigate this procedure as well.
2. Family-Based Immigrant Visas
We can assist you in processing family-based immigrant visas. This type of visa is applicable to you if:
- You are an immediate relative of US citizens, such as parent, child, or spouse.
- You are the adult child—married or unmarried—of a US citizen.
- You are the spouse or unmarried child of a lawful permanent resident.
- You are the brother or sister of a US citizen.
- You are being adopted by a US citizen.
The Diversity Lottery Program provides new immigrant visas annually to individuals from underrepresented nations. This program is administered by the US State Department.
To benefit from this program, you are required to have either a high school education, its equivalent, or two years of work experience within the last five years in a job that demands two years training. Additionally, either you or your spouse must be a native of a nation eligible for the Diversity Lottery Program.
We can help you learn more about this program as well as other means of obtaining legal permanent residency in the US. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.
If you wish to enter the US for a temporary period, a nonimmigrant visa permits you to travel to a US port of entry. Upon your arrival, you can request permission from the Department of Homeland Security to visit for a specific purpose such as:
- Visit to Family or Friends
A nonimmigrant visa allows a person to enter the US temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa holder can enter and stay permanently. The length of time someone can stay in the US depends on the visa status under which he or she is admitted—for example, specialty occupation.
Often, a person admitted to one status can change their status so that they can stay longer in the country or perform various activities. For instance, a medical school student may want to change his or her status to an employer-sponsored, nonimmigrant visa once they graduate and find employment—assuming their new employer will sponsor them. Several types of nonimmigrant visas also allow a person to extend their status and thereby extend their stay in the US.
The process can sometimes be confusing and complicated. Our firm can make it much easier by determining the visa category that is right for you. We can also assist you in changing your status from your current category to a new one.
In appropriate cases, we can also obtain legal status and work authorization for your dependent family members. The following is a brief list of the most commonly used temporary working visa categories:
H1-B Specialty Occupation
This nonimmigrant visa classification applies to an alien who will be employed temporarily in a specialty occupation, which typically requires a bachelor’s degree. Under the current law, there is an annual limit of 65,000 aliens who may be issued a visa or otherwise provided H-1B status. As many as 20,000 additional H-1B slots are available to holders of master’s degree or graduates of higher programs in the US.
L-1 Intra-Company Transfers
The L-1 visa permits multinational companies to transfer high-level and essential employees from their international offices to the United States. The nonimmigrant would work at the affiliate or subsidiary of that same employer in the US in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity.
E-1 Treaty Traders
The E-1 visa allows an individual to enter the United States on a nonimmigrant basis for the sole purpose of carrying on substantial trade between his or her country and the US. The home country of the nonimmigrant must have a treaty with the United States.
E-2 Treaty Investor
If you come to the US to run an enterprise, in which you are invested, you may obtain the nonimmigrant visa status of E-2 treaty investor. If you are an employee of a treaty trader investor, you may also be qualified as an E-visa holder if your duties require special qualifications essential to the business. The nonimmigrant must have the same nationality as the alien employer. Additionally, the home country of the nonimmigrant must have a treaty with the United States.
O-1 Individuals of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
Highly talented or acclaimed individuals may be eligible for an O visa for entry into the US. People who may qualify for this visa include physicians, scientists, and accomplished businesspeople as well as athletes considered at the top of their field.
Trade National (TN) Professionals
These visas are limited to nationals of Canada and Mexico. If you are employed in one of the 63 listed professions in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), you can apply for nonimmigrant TN status. Most of the listed professions require either a bachelor's degree or a licensure degree.
R-1 Religious Workers
The R-1 visa permits religious workers to come to the US to take on a religious occupation and perform services for their organization. The religious organization must already be established in the United States.
Wills and Trust
We have the experience necessary to handle your wills and trusts. These include the following:
There are many other means of obtaining a nonimmigrant visa to the US legally. Call now for a free one-hour consultation.