Work Visas are issued to those who wish to work in the United States but return home at the conclusion of their employment period. In order to file the appropriate forms, it is important that you have a competent and knowledgeable South Florida immigration attorney on your side. At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., we will listen to your needs, assess your situation, and put you on the right path to getting your work visa.
Who Qualifies For An Employment Immigration Visa?
Employment-based Immigrant Visas are divided into five preference categories:
Employment First Preference (E1): Priority Workers
An E1 applicant must have an approved Immigrant Petition for Foreign Worker, Form I-140, from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There are three sub-categories of E1 Priority Workers:
1. Individuals with extraordinary abilities in the fields of science, art, business, education, and athletics;
2. Superior professors and researchers who are internationally recognized, with a minimum of three years of experience in teaching or research; and
3. Multinational managers or executives who have been employed for at least one of the three preceding years by an overseas affiliate, parent, subsidiary, or branch of the U.S. employer.
Employment Second Preference (E2): Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees
and Persons of Exceptional Ability
An E2 applicant must have a labor certification approved by the Department of Labor, and a job offer. In addition, the employer must file on behalf of the applicant an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140. There are two subcategories of E2 workers:
1. Professionals that have advanced degrees, or professionals that have a baccalaureate degree with at least five years of progressive experience in their field; and
2. Individuals with exceptional ability in science, art, or business.
Employment Third Preference (E3): Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled
Workers (Other Workers)
An E3 applicant must have an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, and an approved labor certification from the Department of Labor. There are three subcategories of E3 workers:
1. Skilled workers whose jobs require a minimum of two years of work or training experience;
2. Professionals whose jobs require, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or University or the foreign equivalent degree; and
3. Unskilled or other workers who are able to fill positions that require less than two years of training or experience.
Employment Fourth Preference (E4): Certain Special Immigrants
An E4 applicant must have an approved Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form I-360, with exceptions for certain employees or former employees of the U.S. government overseas. There are many subcategories of E4 workers, and a labor certification is not required for any of them.
Employment Fifth Preference (E5): Immigrant Investors
To qualify as an immigrant investor, a foreign citizen must invest $1,000,000.00, or $500,000.00 in a high unemployment or rural area, and must be able within 2 years to create 10 full-time jobs for U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residents, or other lawful immigrants.
Immigration Lawyer Serving Clients in Coconut Creek & Throughout South Florida
If you want to apply for a work visa, you need an immigration attorney in South Florida who can walk you through the process and help you achieve your immigration goals. And that’s where we come in. Call The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L. at (954) 626-8071. Whether you live in West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Hollywood, or Miami Beach, we have an office location close to you. Our firm serves all counties in South Florida, including Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.
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