Cook County has a diverse workforce covering many different industries. Workers from all over the world come here to work and build their careers. It is important for both employers and employees to be sure that workers have the appropriate immigration status before entering the United States. It is also important to plan appropriately for the length of your stay: visas are temporary, and if you are up against a deadline, it is important to plan for your immigration status before your current visa expires. Overstaying an expired visa can cause problems with securing a lawful immigration status in the future. Luckily, the best Cook County employment immigration lawyers are right here at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan. We have worked with many employers and employees to achieve the employment immigration status that is right for your unique situation.
If you only need to be in the United States for a short time, there are many visa options available. For example, you might obtain a seasonal worker visa or a temporary business visitor visa. There are many different types of visas that apply to a wide range of employment situations. If you apply for the wrong type of visa, it could result in costly delays in the immigration process. This is why it is so important to consult with a Cook County employment immigration attorney at the start of your application process.
Employers can also sponsor longer visas for foreign workers. However, some of these visas are limited by annual quotas that are often filled well before the year is over. These visas are issued in order of preference categories, and an immigration lawyer can help you prove that you are eligible for the highest possible preference category.
An employer can sponsor foreign workers for permanent residence (“green cards”). This does require a certification from the Department of Labor or other complicated processes to prove that both the employer and employee are eligible for such a status. Again, it is important to work with an immigration attorney at the start of your case, so you have the best possible chances for securing a green card on the shortest timeline possible.
Once an employee has held a green card for a required length of time, he or she can be eligible to apply for citizenship. This does not require a sponsor. Your employer might be able to help you navigate the paperwork or prepare for your citizenship tests by hiring a qualified immigration attorney, but it will not need to act as an official sponsor of your application.
There are many options for immigrating to the United States for work or business. It is absolutely critical that you get the right status and ensure that status will cover the entire length of your employment. Our experienced immigration attorneys can help you do this. Whether you need a visa, green card, or citizenship, the best Cook County employment immigration lawyers at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan can help. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible.