Helping Clients Obtain Permanent Residence Through Employment (Employment-Based)
Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides a limited number of employment-based visas for immigrants seeking permanent residence in the United States. The process of obtaining an employment-based visa is very competitive. To avoid delays and disappointment, it’s important to choose the right strategy when applying. Attorney Alex Solomiany has more than 25 years of experience assisting companies in submitting visa petitions on behalf of skilled workers and professionals from other countries. He represents both private and publicly traded companies in the United States obtain permanent residence for their employees.
Employment-Based Immigration Lawyer in Florida
One of the most valuable services the Law Offices of Alex Solomiany, P.A., provides is an initial consultation to review your employment-based immigration case. While no lawyer can guarantee that you will receive a green card for permanent residence, Mr. Solomiany can review your case and give you an honest appraisal of your chances of success.
Employment-Based Preference Categories
As with family-based immigration, there are different preference categories and a limited number of visas available in each category. Some categories are oversubscribed, meaning that you will face an extended wait if you apply. It is Mr. Solomiany’s goal to carefully review your case, seek the preference category that best applies to your case and develop a strategy to maintain your lawful status while awaiting approval of your employment-based petition.
The preference categories for employment-based immigration include:
- First preference: Aliens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; outstanding professors and researchers; and certain multinational executives and managers
- Second preference: Professionals holding advanced degrees or persons of exceptional ability in the arts, sciences or business who must have proof of a job offer in the United States, unless it is waived by the USCIS
- Third preference: Skilled workers and professionals holding bachelor’s degrees
- Fourth preference: Special immigrants, including broadcasters, religious workers (ministers or professionals) or past employees of the U.S. government abroad
- Fifth preference: Investors who will create at least 10 jobs by investing $1.9 million or more, though it may be lowered to $900,000 if the investment is in a rural area or an area of high unemployment
It is important to note that the second and third preference categories require the prospective employer to file an Application for Permanent Employment Certification (labor certification/PERM). A labor certification is a certification by the U.S. Department of Labor that an employment position exists for which there are no available U.S. workers. The process is very detailed, and the slightest mistake can affect eligibility. Mr. Solomiany has handled the labor certification process for companies in search of qualified workers.
As your lawyer, Mr. Solomiany will help you develop a strategy for the fastest way to immigrate to the United States. In some cases, this may involve applying for a nonimmigrant visa while you pursue your ultimate objective of obtaining a green card for permanent residence based on one of the five categories discussed above.