Immigrants help power the U.S. economy, making it the most flexible in the world. If you want to come to the United States to work, or if you are a U.S.-based company looking to hire a foreign worker, then you need to go through the employment visa process.
Employment visas come in two types—temporary and non-temporary. There are many visa options, and many people and businesses struggle to understand which visa is most appropriate for their situation. For help, contact an experienced Chicago employment visa attorney.
The U.S. government caps the number of temporary employment-based visas each year. Although there is political pressure to increase the number, the fact is that all visas are awarded within a matter of months. If you are interested in a temporary visa, you need to move quickly. Early preparation often proves key.
Common temporary employment visas include the following:
These are only some of the most common temporary employment visas. There are many others. Consult a Chicago employment visa attorney to discuss your needs.
The government also makes a certain number of non-temporary employment visas available every year. There are five employment-based categories:
Each category receives an allotted percentage of available visas. Most visas are reserved for the first three categories, which each receiving around 28.5% of the total visas available.
A business that hopes to sponsor a foreign worker needs to jump through hoops, and often needs to apply for a Labor Certification that shows the job cannot be filled by available U.S. workers. This process is time-consuming and confusing, so a lawyer’s help is a must.
Finding an experienced workforce is a challenge, and employment-based visas have helped many companies grow. However, the process for obtaining a visa can be complicated, and legal guidance is a must.
If you have a question for our Chicago employment visa attorneys, please contact Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan today. You can reach us by calling or sending us an online message. We have worked with many foreign workers and U.S.-based companies.