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For many occupations, America is a land of opportunity. Jobs are often more plentiful and pay better. An employment immigration lawyer from SimVisa helps you come to the U.S. via employment immigration.

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    Have you started your application and then gotten confused? Are you worried you might make a mistake or leave out important supporting documents? SimVisa is the solution. We understand you might want to save on lawyer fees and file on your own. You can relax because SimVisa will prepare your application under the supervision of an immigration attorney. You will even get a one hour video conference with an immigration attorney after SimVisa prepares your forms.

    • Step 1: SimVisa collects information and documents from you through our online portal

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    • Step 3: A SimVisa immigration attorney goes over your filled-out application and supporting documents with you (1-hour video consultation)

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    • Step 6: You file with USCIS

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Employment Visas We Help With

Solutions for Every Budget

  • Treaty Investor Visas (E-2)

    The E-2 visa is a non-immigrant treaty investor visa, for nationals of a country that has a treaty of friendship, commerce, and navigation with the United States.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Intra-Company Transfer Visa (L1)

    The L-1 visa is used by US companies to transfer important employees from their foreign offices to the United States.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Specialty Occupation Visa (H-1B)

    The H-1B visa enables US employers to hire foreign workers with specialized skills for a specific time period to work in the United States.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • EB-1 Visa

    Green Card for Multinational Executives and Outstanding Professors and Researchers

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • EB-2 Visa

    Green Card for Advanced Degree Professionals and Individuals with Exceptional Ability

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Investor Visa (EB-5)

    Investor Green Card Program

    • Each employment based immigration case is unique and the costs vary depending on certain factors, please contact us for a quote.

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  • Treaty Trader Visa (Е-1)

    Investor Green Card Program

    • The E-1 visa is a non-immigrant treaty trader visa, for nationals of a country that has a treaty of friendship, commerce, and navigation with the United States.

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  • H-4 Visa

    The H-4 visa is issued to dependents of particular non-immigrant workers, such as H-1B visa holders, by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • TN (Trade NAFTA) Status

    TN status is a non-immigrant visa that allows citizens of Canada and Mexico, who work in certain professional fields, to work in the United States.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

  • Extraordinary Ability Visa (O-1)

    An employment-based Green Card allows individuals to submit a petition to USCIS in order to live and work permanently in the United States.

    *prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity

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All You Need to Know

Understanding Employment-Based Immigration

Employment-based immigration allows those seeking employment opportunities in the United States to pursue visas to immigrate either temporarily or permanently. From nonimmigrant visas like the H-1B and L-1 to immigrant visas like the EB-1 and EB-2, each category has its own requirements and procedures.

SimVisa offers comprehensive assistance with various employment visa types, ensuring that individuals and employers alike receive trustworthy guidance and support throughout the immigration process. With our help, you can embark on your immigration journey with confidence.

What’s the Difference Between Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Employment Visas?

The primary difference between immigrant and nonimmigrant employment visas lies in their intent and duration of stay. Here’s a brief overview:

  • Nonimmigrant Employment Visas:
    • Intent: Temporary stays in the U.S. for specific purposes, such as work, study, or tourism.
    • Duration: Holders are authorized to stay in the U.S. for a limited time and are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their authorized stay.
    • Examples: H-1B, L-1, TN, E-2, and O-1 visas.
  • Immigrant Employment Visas:
    • Intent: Meant for individuals who intend to permanently reside and work in the U.S.
    • Duration: Holders are granted lawful permanent resident status (Green Card), allowing them to live and work in the United States indefinitely.
    • Examples: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas.

In summary, nonimmigrant employment visas are for temporary stays, while immigrant employment visas provide a pathway to permanent residency in the United States. The choice between these visa categories depends on the individual's goals, employment situation, and eligibility criteria.

Immigrant Employment Visas (Employment-Based Green Cards)

Immigrant Employment Visas (Employment-Based Green Cards)

The U.S. can grant a green card to employment-based immigrants. To do this, an employer must petition for your benefit, or commonly referred to as sponsor you, for an employment green card or you can self-petition without an employer under certain circumstances such as if you’re an EB-5 investor, EB-1 alien of extraordinary ability, or a National Interest Waiver EB-2.

An employment-based green card lawyer from SimVisa can guide you and your employer through the process of seeking these five types of immigrant visas:

EB-1: Priority Workers

You do not need an employer to sponsor you for an EB-1A visa. But your business immigration attorney will help you prove that you have sustained international acclaim in science, art, education, business, or athletics.

For an EB-1B visa, you must have at least three years of teaching or research experience and international recognition in your field. A university must sponsor you with an offer for a tenure-track teaching or research position.

You can enter the U.S. to work in a managerial or executive capacity on an EB-1C visa. You must have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least one of the preceding three years.

EB-2: Professionals with an Advanced Degree or Persons with an Exceptional Ability

You have three paths for an EB-2 visa:

  • Proving exceptional ability and “expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered” in the arts, sciences, or business.
  • Holding an advanced degree (master’s degree or above) or a bachelor’s degree with five years of experience in your field.
  • Submitting documentation that you have a job in an area of substantial intrinsic merit and national scope that justifies a National Interest Waiver.

Except for the National Interest Waiver, the occupation must qualify for Foreign Labor Certification. Labor certification means that there was no qualified U.S. employee that your employer was able to hire.

EB-3: Skilled, Professional, and Unskilled Workers

An EB-3 visa also has three categories:

  • Skilled workers can get a visa with at least two years of experience or training and a job with a Foreign Labor Certification.
  • Professional workers who have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent can secure a visa with a profession in the U.S. that requires their degree and has Foreign Labor Certification.
  • Unskilled workers with less than two years of experience or training can still get a visa if Foreign Labor Certification has been issued for their occupation.

For all three categories, you must have a full-time job offer in the U.S.

EB-4: Special Immigrants

The U.S. uses the EB-4 visa to address specific foreign nationals such as:

  • Religious workers
  • Members of the U.S. armed forces
  • Afghan or Iraqi translators or interpreters
  • Iraqis or Afghans employed by the U.S. government or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

Except for religious workers and military personnel, employment-based EB-4 visas are granted based on past employment.

EB-5: Immigrant Investors

Foreign nationals can apply for a green card after investing at least $1,050,000 in a U.S. business or $800,000 if the business is located in a rural area or high-unemployment region. The company that receives the investment must create at least 10 full-time jobs.

If approved, the investor and, if any, the investor’s spouse and children under the age of 21 will receive conditional permanent residence and thus green cards that expire in 2 years. In the 90-day period prior to the expiration of the 2-year green card, a petition to remove conditions on residence must be filed.

Visas for Non-Immigrant Employees

Visas for Non-Immigrant Employees

Temporary worker visas are granted to workers who plan to return to their home countries after a temporary stay in the U.S. This program allows employers to bring in foreign national employees for specific projects and work as well as allows foreign investors and entrepreneurs to invest into the United States.

E-1 Visa

The E-1 visa facilitates foreign nationals engaged in substantial trade with the U.S. This visa promotes international commerce by allowing eligible treaty traders and their employees to conduct trade activities within the country.

E-2 Visa

The E-2 visa is designed for foreign nationals making substantial investments in a U.S. business. This visa encourages economic growth by enabling eligible treaty investors and their employees to actively manage their investments and contribute to the U.S. economy.

L-1 Visa

Companies use an L-1 visa to transfer a foreign worker to a U.S. location within the same or related company. The foreign national must have specialized knowledge or be an executive or a manager.

H-1B Visa

The H-1B is the most common employment-based immigrant visa for temporary skilled workers. H-1Bs are granted through a lottery system.

TN Visa

The TN allows accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, teachers, and other professionals with advanced degrees to temporarily enter the U.S. from Mexico or Canada.

E-3 Visa

These visas are granted to Australian nationals with advanced degrees temporarily entering the U.S. to engage in a specialty occupation.

R Visa

The R visas are employment-based immigrant visas used by churches to hire foreign nationals to work as certain religious workers in the U.S.

Q Visa

Employers use Q visas as employment-based immigrant visas to hire foreign workers for cultural exchange programs that teach Americans about the foreign country's history, culture, and traditions.

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How We Can Help

The helpful immigration attorneys at SimVisa provide comprehensive assistance with various aspects of employment immigration law, including:

  • Visa Selection: Our team will help you identify the most suitable visa category based on your qualifications, job offer, and long-term goals.
  • Application Preparation: We’ll guide you through the entire application process, ensuring that all forms are completed accurately and submitted on time.
  • Essential Documentation: We’ll assist you in gathering and organizing the required documentation, such as educational credentials, work experience, and job offer letters.
  • Immigrant Petition Filing: We’ll handle the preparation and submission of your immigrant visa petition, including any necessary supporting evidence or employer sponsorship.
  • Official Communication: We’ll act as your liaison with immigration authorities, responding to inquiries and addressing any issues that may arise during the application process.
  • Case Management: Our team will provide ongoing support and updates on the status of your application, keeping you informed at every step.
  • Appeals and Waivers: If your application is denied or requires additional documentation, we can help you navigate the appeals process or apply for waivers when applicable.

With our unparalleled legal knowledge and personalized approach, we strive to make the employment immigration process as smooth and efficient as possible.

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Contact SimVisa to discuss your immigrant visa needs and what we can do to help you through the entire process, from filing your application to shepherding it through USCIS.

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Why Choose SimVisa?

Partnering with SimVisa offers several key advantages, including the following:

  • Personalized Service: We provide individual attention to each client, tailoring our approach to meet various needs and circumstances.

  • Efficiency: Our services streamline the immigration process, ensuring that applications are prepared accurately and on time to minimize delays.

  • Transparency: We prioritize clear, honest communication to keep clients informed at every critical juncture.

  • 98% Success Rate: With a proven track record of success, clients can trust SimVisa to help them navigate the complexities of the immigration system.

  • Cost-Effective Solutions: We provide cost-effective solutions without compromising on the quality of service, helping clients achieve their immigration goals affordably.

Working with SimVisa can make the immigration process simple and frictionless and ensure that you’re successful in your relocation endeavors.

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FAQs about Employment-Based Immigration

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions we encounter:

What is an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)?

The Employment Authorization Document (EAD), also known as a work permit, allows eligible immigrants and nonimmigrants to legally work in the U.S. for a specified period. Here are some key points:

  1. Eligibility: Eligible individuals must submit Form I-765 to USCIS, along with supporting documents.
  2. Processing: USCIS processes applications individually, so processing times can vary.
  3. Biometrics: Some applicants may need to attend a biometrics appointment for identity verification.
  4. Issuance: Upon approval, USCIS issues the EAD card specifying the validity period.
  5. Renewal: EADs must be renewed prior to expiration to maintain work authorization.
  6. Employment Restrictions: Some EAD holders may face certain restrictions on employment.

The EAD is a crucial piece of the employment-immigration puzzle for those seeking to contribute to the U.S. workforce.

How long does it typically take to obtain an employment-based visa?

The processing time for an employment-based visa can vary depending on many factors, including the type of visa, the current workload of the processing center, and individual circumstances. Here's an overview of the processing times for common employment-based visas:

Nonimmigrant Visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, etc.)

The processing time for nonimmigrant employment visas can range from a few weeks to several months. The exact time frame will depend on whether the visa is subject to an annual cap, the time of year the application is filed, and any additional processing requirements, such as requests for evidence (RFEs).

Immigrant Visas (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, etc.)

Immigrant employment visas typically take longer to process than nonimmigrant visas due to the applicant’s intention to reside and work in the U.S. permanently.

Processing times can vary significantly based on the specific visa category, the applicant's country of origin (per visa bulletin priority dates), and the availability of visa numbers and can range from several months to several years.

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa

The processing time for EB-5 visas depends largely on factors like the submission of the required investment, the job creation requirement, and the adjudication of the immigrant investor's petition. Average processing times range from one to several years.

It's important to note that these are general estimates — actual processing times may differ based on individual circumstances and government processing efficiency.

Additionally, fluctuations in processing times can occur due to changes in immigration laws, policies, or priorities. Applicants should check the most current processing times on the USCIS website or consult an immigration attorney for personalized guidance.

How much do our employment immigration services cost?

Each situation presents unique challenges. The cost of a visa will depend on several factors, including the visa categories in which you file and the documentation you need to support the application.

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