Working in the United States provides many opportunities for talented and hardworking people from abroad. Employment-based immigration also allows businesses in the United States to draw from a broader pool of talent to find employees who best fit their needs. But employment-based immigration can also be complicated, requiring coordination of employer, employee and several government agencies. Failing to submit the appropriate forms, documentation, and fees can seriously delay the process. And in a fast-paced business, such delays are often simply unacceptable. That is why employers and prospective employees turn to the experienced immigration attorneys of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, PC to help them navigate the process of employment-based immigration in Chicago.
Once you have received a job offer for a position in the United States, the next step is obtaining an employment visa. Permanent employment visas in Chicago and throughout the United States are divided into five preference categories. The process of obtaining your visa is different depending on your preference category. For example, petitioners for EB-1 visas — reserved for people of extraordinary or outstanding ability and multinational executives — can file a petition on their own behalf and need not obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor.
The more common types — EB-2 through EB-4 — require the prospective employer to file a petition on behalf of the alien worker. The employer must also obtain certification from the Department of Labor that there are not sufficient workers in the United States able and willing to fill the position and that hiring a foreign worker will not adversely impact the wages and working conditions of similarly situated U.S. workers. Each type of application must also contain documentation of the applicant’s education and experience to substantiate his or her inclusion in that preference group.
With nearly 40 years of experience in immigration law issues, the attorneys of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, PC understand how the employment visa process works. We know how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls that can slow down processing. We help employers and prospective employees get their applications right the first time. Our knowledgeable lawyers and support staff assist you in obtaining the proper documentation and completing the necessary forms to have your petition processed expediently.
The attorneys of Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, PC have experience with the various types of Chicago employment visas. Since 1975, we have helped U.S. employers and aliens aspiring to work in the United States navigate this complex process. Call our Chicago, IL office at (312) 427-6163 or contact us online to discuss your immigration issue with an experienced and dedicated attorney.