We are a national law firm with clients all over the world. Whether you are a business seeking to hire foreign workers or an individual seeking temporary employment or permanent residence, our attorneys will help make the employment-based process as smooth as possible. At Higbee & Associates, you can rest assured that our attorneys are knowledgeable, attentive, and efficient. We treat every case with the highest level of professionalism and regard. There are many different visas that allow foreign nationals to work inside the United States. Those who are outside of the United States may need to obtain the work-based visa at a consulate abroad, and those who are inside the United States may be able to change their status to an employment-based category. The United States provides a yearly minimum of 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas, divided into five preference categories. These visas may require a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the filing of a petition with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Non-immigrant visas include H-1B (specialty visas), L-1 (intracompany transferee) and J-1 (exchange visitors).
Employment-Based Immigrant Visas
Employment-based immigrant visas can be complex and require substantial supporting evidence and experience. It is imperative that you retain the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney to assist with your application.
Nonimmigrant Employment Visas
Nonimmigrant employment visas are limited in number. Nonimmigrant visas include H-1B visas, L-1 visas, TN, H-2Bs, E-1 and E-2 visas. It is imperative that an experienced immigration attorney assist you with the timing and scope of your application before the cap is met.
E-1 Treaty Trader Visa
Investors from treaty countries are eligible for an E-1 visa allowing a foreign national to carry out substantial trade in the U.S.. The United States has an extensive treaty network.
EB-5 Investor Visas
Investing in the United States can be one of the quickest ways to gain lawful permanent residence. A minimum investment of $500,000 must be made in a new commercial enterprise that creates or preserves 10 full-time jobs.
H-1B Specialty Occupation
The H-1B visa program allows employers who seek highly educated foreign workers to fill staffing shortages and promote the efficient operation of their company.
L - Intracompany Transferee
For a U.S. company having a related company abroad, the L visa can be an extremely useful and valuable tool to facilitate the transfer of personnel from abroad to the U.S.
TN - Trade NAFTA Professionals
The TN category is a potential option for professional citizens of Canada and Mexico. The applicants must possess specific degrees and licenses, appropriate to the particular profession, and must have job offers from US employers.
O-1, O-2 - Extraordinary Ability
O-1 visas are issued to foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
P-1, P-2, P-3 - Athletes and Group Entertainers
P-1A visas are issued to foreign national athletes who have received international recognition for their level of performance, while P-1B visas are issued to foreign national entertainment groups who have built up a reputation of international acclaim.
R - Religious Vocation or Profession
R-1 visas are issued to foreign nationals seeking to come to the U.S. to be employed by a non-profit religious organization to work as a minister or in a religious vocation or occupation.
E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
The E-2 investor visa is a nonimmigrant visa that permits foreign investors and their employees to live and work in the United States.
Julia ThomeAssociate AttorneyJulia Thome is an associate in the Orange County office. Ms. Thome represents both individuals and employers throughout the United States and worldwide. Ms. Thome specializes in employment visas including H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and investor visas including E-2 and EB-5.
Mathew HigbeeAttorney at LawMathew Higbee utilizes his unique blend of legal and professional experience to deliver success for his clients. He has handled a wide-range of cases in both criminal and civil courts. He has served as a prosecutor and defense counsel. He is a frequent commentator and guest writer for various media.
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