Hiring talent from abroad is one way to give your business an advantage in this competitive landscape. However, visa programs that let you bring in employees are subject to strict caps and require you to go through a number of steps before you are successful. A knowledgeable employment immigration attorney in Elgin can help you both select the right program and navigate the landscape.
The most common employment visa program is the H1-B visa. Here, your company would sponsor an employee to do a job temporarily. The prerequisite is that the employee has special skills, and you have a justification for looking outside the United States for employees. You must affirmatively demonstrate on the application that the employee meets these program requirements.
Not only can your lawyer help with an application, but there are other issues that can arise when a worker is here on an H1-B visa. For example, the employee may want to do the following through a petition:
Each one of these requires its own petition. You may have questions about what is possible to do when your employee is already here on an H1-B visa or need advice about whether this program could work for your business and its needs.
Besides the H1-B program, there are a number of other visa programs. They include:
These are just some of the ways that your company can get someone into the United States. Our immigration employment attorneys can explain the full scope of the programs and can let you know which one is right for you.
Beyond these programs, you may want to bring a worker into the U.S. on a permanent employment visa. These are the EB-1 through EB-5 categories. There are 140,000 of these visas available annually, and these visas never expire. However, since these visas are permanent, they are highly sought after. The program is competitive, and applicants will need to demonstrate their merit. Your employment immigration attorney would help with your application package, knowing what USCIS decision-makers want to see.
In reality, you need your attorney to know the ins and outs of all of these programs intimately. At Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, we have been working with all types of visa programs for over four decades. We stay on top of every change in the law to give you the best possible advice.
If you are a business looking to bring workers to this country or an individual interested in a permanent visa, contact an employment immigration attorney in Elgin today to learn what is possible under U.S. immigration laws. These processes can take time, so you should schedule an initial consultation as soon as you can.