Permanent Work Visa
Many foreign nationals wish to come to the United States for ample job opportunities that are offered here. While some individuals want to work in the United States on a temporary basis, others wish to immigrate for work permanently. Many employers seek to hire employees from around the world in search of bringing the best possible staff into their company. However, the permanent work visa process can be complicated, so regardless of whether you are an employer or an employee, it is essential to have strong legal guidance with you every step of the way. For nearly 20 years, Katona & Associates, PLLC has proudly represented individuals in New York City for employment immigration matters. Contact our office today to learn how we can assist you.Labor Certifications
It is important to be aware that in certain employment categories, an employer is required to obtain a labor certification through the U.S. Department of Labor if they wish to sponsor an employee on an immigrant visa. This certification verifies that there is a shortage of willing, able, and qualified workers in present in the United States to fill the position in question.Employment Preference Categories
The United States categorizes permanent employment visas by preference categories, The breakdown of work visa preference categories is as follows:
- EB-1 Visa: These visas are reserved for individuals who have an extraordinary ability and are considered outstanding in either the education or research fields, or is a multinational executive. This category is given first preference. However, you must prove that you have either national or international acclaim or provide evidence that you have made outstanding achievements in your field.
- EB-2 Visa: These visas are held for individuals who have an advanced degree or have an extraordinary ability in the arts, science, or business. It is important to note that anyone who applies for this visa must be able to prove their extraordinary ability.
- EB-3 Visa: These visas are for skilled workers, professionals in their field of work, and certain unskilled workers. To obtain an EB-3 visa, you must be able to prove that you have either at least two years of job experience/training or you have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree and work in the profession associated with that degree.
- EB-4 Visa: These visas are for those who are considered “special immigrants,” such as NATO employees and their family members, religious workers, broadcast journalists, international employees of the U.S. government abroad, certain physicians, members of the armed forces, and more.
- EB-5 Visa: These visas are held for immigrant investors, including entrepreneurs and their families who have made the choice to invest in a commercial enterprise that will create a minimum of ten full time, permanent jobs for U.S. citizens.
Whether you are an employer in the United States or a foreign national who is a prospective employee in the United States, it is important that you have assistance through each step of the permanent work visa process. Katona & Associates, PLLC has nearly 20 years of experience proudly representing clients who need our help with employment immigration matters. For quality legal guidance when it matters most, contact Katona & Associates, PLLC today to discuss your case.