If you are looking for an experienced employment immigration attorney in Summit County, you have come to the right place. At Joseph & Hall, we have both skilled and experienced employment immigration lawyers who work with employers in Summit County to obtain work visas for their prospective foreign workers. We are a full-service immigration law firm that handles a variety of immigration cases which means you can rest assured once you retain us, your employment immigration needs will be met to your satisfaction.
We not only work with employers in the Summit County area, but we also work with noncitizens in the area who have job offers from employers who may be unfamiliar with what is required to be done to obtain a work visa for them. In either of these situations, we help both the employer and employee in doing what is required to obtain approval for the work visa.
These employment visas are generally available in two broad categories, and these are immigrant and nonimmigrant work visas.
An immigrant (permanent) work visa is a green card that is obtained through employment. To obtain a green card based on employment, several steps must be taken successfully.
First, the employer must generally obtain “labor certification” from the US Department of Labor (DOL). This is verification by the DOL that the employer has tried but cannot find qualified American workers to take the job that is offered to the foreign worker. The employer must do things that are specifically required under the law before the certification is granted, and these include advertising the open position in the manner prescribed by DOL.
At Joseph & Hall, we have superb experience in guiding employers through the labor certification process and draw from that experience to make sure employers successfully obtain this essential labor certification.
Once the labor certification is given, we will work with the American employer in taking the next step, which is filing a petition with the USCIS. When it is approved, the prospective foreign worker can apply for a green card based on that approved petition.
The foreign worker can apply for their immigrant visa either at a U.S. consulate in their native country or if they are in the United States already in another valid immigration status, they can apply for what is known as “adjustment of status.” This is a process by which their status will be adjusted to that of a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) without being required to leave the country as they otherwise would be.
These are temporary employment work visas for foreigners who wish to come and work in the United States for a fixed period. If one is approved for a nonimmigrant work visa, they are required to leave the country at the expiration of the fixed period.
There are many types of these nonimmigrant work visas that require a range of education from little to the highest education level and qualifications. Common examples of these temporary work visas are the H and L visas.
One of our experienced employment immigration lawyers can evaluate your prospective employee credentials and determine which of the many nonimmigrant work visas are appropriate to pursue for you and the prospective employee.
If you are in Summit County and need the services of an employment immigration attorney, you should never wait to discuss your situation with Joseph & Hall. Contact us today for a consultation.
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