U.S. immigration law allows employers to recruit and hire workers who are not U.S. citizens or green cardholders. If the requirements set by the law are met, those workers typically get either temporary work visas or immigrant visas (green cards). At Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, PC, our Lombard employment immigration lawyers help employers to secure both temporary and permanent immigrant visas for foreign workers they sponsor.
In general, a foreign national who wishes to come and work in the United States must first obtain either a temporary nonimmigrant worker visa or an immigrant visa for permanent residence (green card). Temporary nonimmigrant worker visas are for individuals who desire to come to the United States for employment that is expected to last for a fixed period. Each one of these temporary visas requires the prospective employer of the foreign worker to first file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The foreign worker can only apply for a temporary visa once the employer’s petition is approved. There are many of these temporary work visas available, but the most common are the following:
Immigrant visas for permanent residence are green cards obtained through employment. To obtain an employment-based green card, the prospective employer of the foreign worker must first file a petition with the USCIS, and some of the employment requires the employer to obtain what is known as “labor certification” before filing the petition with USCIS.
Employment-based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories as described below.
Certain spouses and children of those approved for any of these visas may accompany or follow to join their spouses or parents.
If you are interested in hiring a foreign worker to work for your business in Lombard, contact us today for a consultation.