Individuals eligible for the employment-creation classification under the employment-based fifth preference (“EB-5”) enjoy substantial advantages in the green card process. While they may skip the labor certification process normally required for employment-based permanent residency, they must meet specifically set thresholds for levels of investment and demonstrated employment creation for U.S.
Most persons who obtain permanent resident status based upon employment must first obtain a certification from the Secretary of Labor that their employer has tested the labor market and has been unable to find qualified U.S.
- Non-Immigrant (Temporary) Visas
- April 19, 2021
O-1 classification allows foreign nationals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics through sustained national or international acclaim to come temporarily to the United States to continue work in the area of their extraordinary ability.
The J-1 exchange visitor visa classification is intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Unit, which has conducted site visits to employers that sponsor foreign nationals for years, has recently stepped-up unannounced site visits.
- Corporate Immigration
- April 15, 2021
Nonimmigrant visas are for temporary residence in the U.S., whereas immigrant visas provide for permanent residence. Many nonimmigrant visa categories require that foreign nationals demonstrate nonimmigrant intent – proof that they have a residence in a foreign country which they have no intention of abandoning.