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Guiding You Through Employment-Based Immigration in Fairfax County

Immigrants who are planning to resettle in the United States and become permanent residents have a number of options. One common avenue for immigration involves sponsorship from an employer. There are specific requirements that must be met in these cases, and people who qualify for certain types of employment visas may also be able to receive Green Cards that will allow them to live in the U.S. permanently.

Navigating the complex landscape of U.S. immigration law can be challenging, and legal help from an experienced attorney can be crucial. At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, we work with employers and employees to help them understand the options for employment-based immigration. We can provide guidance throughout the visa application process, ensuring that all legal requirements are met correctly.

Employment Visas: Types and Qualifications

The United States offers specific visa categories for immigrants who are seeking to gain permanent residency through employment. Known as EB visas, these are grouped into different categories based on an applicant's skills, job requirements, and other qualifications. EB visas may be issued according to the following order of preference:

  • EB-1 visas: The first-preference category of visas is for people who have extraordinary abilities in professional fields, including the arts, science, business, education, or athletics. These applicants must provide evidence of substantial recognition in their field (such as awards, publications, high salaries, or serving in critical roles in well-known organizations), and they are not required to have job offers. EB-1 visas may also be available for outstanding academic researchers or professors who have been recognized internationally for their contributions, as well as executives or managers in multinational corporations. Labor certifications are not required for employers who sponsor employees for EB-1 visas.
  • EB-2 visas: The second-preference category of EB visas is for professionals who have obtained college degrees and have at least five years of work experience in their fields. It will also apply to immigrants who have exceptional abilities in fields related to art, science, or business, meaning that their knowledge and skills are significantly higher than average. EB-2 visas require job offers from U.S. employers, who must meet specific requirements for labor certification. In some cases, a National Interest Waiver (NIW) may allow for a visa to be issued without a labor certification if a person can demonstrate that their work would benefit the United States.
  • EB-3 visas: This broad category has third preference, and it includes professionals who have bachelor's degrees, skilled workers who have two years or more of experience, and employees who will perform unskilled labor that does not require more than two years of experience. These visas require permanent, full-time job offers and labor certification.
  • EB-4 visas: The fourth-preference category includes certain types of people who may be classified as "special immigrants." These include people who work for religious organizations, people who have worked for the U.S. government in other countries, international organization employees or officers who have retired, special immigrant juveniles, and people who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
  • EB-5 visas: This category provides immigration opportunities for investors who are planning to make substantial capital investments in U.S. businesses. The investment must lead to the creation or preservation of 10 or more full-time jobs for workers located in the United States. Other requirements will also need to be met, including the investment of a certain amount of capital in different U.S. markets.

Contact Our Fairfax County Employment-Based Green Card Attorneys

Securing an employment-based visa and Green Card is a rigorous process that involves meticulous paperwork and strict adherence to regulatory requirements. At The Law Firm of Ruiz Dougherty, PLLC, our attorneys are well-versed in immigration law, and we can help employers and employees select the correct categories of visas, complete labor certifications, and submit the required applications and documentation. We are dedicated to providing legal support to ensure that immigrants can achieve their employment goals in the United States. To get experienced legal assistance with employment visas and Green Card applications, contact our office at 571-441-2233 and schedule a free consultation. Our team is ready to provide you with detailed and efficient representation to help you achieve your immigration objectives.

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