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In addition to sponsorship by a family member who already lives in the United States, sponsorship by an U.S.-based employer is one of the most common ways that citizens and nationals of foreign counties acquire visas. Still, employment-based immigration can be a complex process with a lot of steps to complete and forms to fill out. A single mistake anywhere in this process could derail all your future plans.

If you want to immigrate to the U.S. for work, assistance from a Washington, DC employment-based immigration lawyer could be key to achieving the result you want. With help from a dedicated immigration attorney, you could more efficiently progress through the application process and minimize the risk of small mishaps that could disrupt your career path.

Requirements for an Employment-Based Immigrant Visa

USCIS only makes a limited number of employment-based immigrant visas available each fiscal year—about 140,000 in total, with allowances for small adjustments on a yearly basis. Additionally, USCIS sorts applicants for these visas into preference categories based on their skillsets and the type of work they would perform if granted admission to the United States. These categories are as follows:

  • E1 – priority workers like multinational business executives, as well as people with “extraordinary” ability and/or accomplishments in education, research, science, art, athletics, or business
  • E2 – professionals with advanced degrees and workers with “exceptional” ability in specialized fields
  • E3 – skilled workers with 2+ years of training or experience, professionals with baccalaureate degrees or equivalent, and unskilled workers, in that priority order
  • E4 – immigrants who fall into one of several specialized categories
  • E5 – foreign investors looking to start new businesses and create jobs in the United States

All employment-based visa applicants must have their prospective employer fill out and file Form I-140 on their behalf, except for E1 applicants, who can file this form and accompanying documentation themselves. Additionally, E2 applicants must already have a job offer prior to filing their visa application to qualify for this type of immigration.

Once the National Visa Center processes a worker’s Form I-140, the Center will schedule a date for a visa interview. The applicant must attend this interview as well as complete a medical examination and receive up-to-date vaccinations before they can receive their visa. A Washington, DC attorney could explain all these elements of the employment-based immigration process in more detail during an initial consultation.

Can Foreign Workers Immigrate with Their Families?

If someone receives an employment-based immigrant visa, an applicant from any category can apply to bring their immediate family with them. It is important to note that this option is only available for an applicant’s current spouse and unmarried children younger than 21.

Additionally, each family member who wishes to immigrate must fill out their own separate forms and civil documents, pay their own requisite fees, undergo medical examination, and potentially attend the primary applicant’s visa interview with them. An employment-based immigration attorney in Washington, DC could provide crucial help facilitating a good outcome for a prospective foreign worker and their family.

Talk to a Washington, DC Employment-Based Immigration Attorney Today

Immigrating to the United States to pursue a job opportunity can open up an exciting new chapter in your life. However, if you fail to comply with USCIS regulations while seeking your visa, your plans may alter with a rejection of your application.

A Washington, DC employment-based immigration lawyer could work on your behalf to ensure a favorable resolution to this often-complicated process. Call Hacking Immigration Law, LLC today to learn more.

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Navigating the maze of U.S. immigration law can be tricky for anybody, especially if English is your second language or you have unique circumstances motivating you to move here. Fortunately, if you are unsure about any areas of immigration or the naturalization process, help through an immigration lawyer (Washington DC) is available at the Hacking Immigration Law LLC.

Retaining one of our dedicated Washington DC immigration lawyers could help you both with USCIS and other U.S. immigration authorities. To find out how immigration attorneys could help you with your specific case, call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Does paying for premium processing on an H1B case mean I will find out sooner if our case was selected in the lottery?

Premium processing is an add-on service that USCIS offers for a variety of immigration cases, primarily in the employment-based visa categories.Premium processing costs an additional $1225 in USCIS filing fees.

What is the H-1B visa lottery and how does it work?

In 2014, USCIS received more than 172,000 H-1B visa applications on the April 1st deadline, exceeding Congress’s cap by 87,000 applications.

May an unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident keep their F2B classification after their sponsoring parent naturalizes?

The immigration laws treat the adult, unmarried children of citizens differently than the adult, unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

What is the "newspaper of general circulation" for PERM job postings?

The Department of Labor requires employers to advertise positions that they intend to submit a PERM application on to publish the job position in the local newspaper of general circulation.

Can I Apply for Citizenship if I Lost My Green Card or It Expired?

In the past, USCIS and some immigration attorneys believed that you could not become a naturalized citizen if you did not have a valid green card (LPR) card to bring with you to your naturalization interview.

Is there such a thing as expedited removal of an immigrant and, if so, what is it?

Most people believe that removal orders or “deportation” orders only happen when you go to the immigration court and see an immigration judge. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Does testing positive for HIV make someone inadmissible to the United States?

On January 4, 2010, the United States officially removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” that make an individual ineligible for admission to the United States.

Are there any special visas for translators who assisted US forces in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Under United States immigration law, there are two Special Immigrant Visas available for Iraqi citizens or nationals who have worked for the United States.