CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

Visa programs for entrepreneurs

Many immigrant families in California understand that visa regulations for the United States do not typically work to the direct benefit of entrepreneurs. However, there are several paths that entrepreneurs may use to enter America.

United States immigration law includes treaties with some countries that allow its citizens to enter the country for three months without a visa. Foreign entrepreneurs who live in a country that does not benefit from a visa waiver program will need to obtain one to reside in the United States.

The B-1 visa allows immigrants to enter America to attend events, meetings, contract signings and other business-related activities. The length of time an entrepreneur can remain in America on a B-1 visa varies, but these visas are usually good for no longer than six months.

Several visas allow immigrants to remain in America for work purposes. Entrepreneurs can benefit from these visas also. The H1-B is a visa program designed for immigrants who possess bachelor’s degrees. There are 65,000 of these visas available annually. An additional 20,000 H1-B visas are set aside for immigrants who earned master’s degrees from an American university. An employer must apply for the employee; an applicant cannot be self-employed. This fact makes it necessary for the entrepreneur to work with a partner to gain access to the country under the H1-B visa program.

The L-1 visa is for the benefit of employees transferred from a foreign company to a U.S. subsidiary. Applicants must be employees of the company for one full year before becoming eligible for this visa program. This visa allows a spouse to accompany the applicant and is valid for one year.

An O-1 visa is often difficult for entrepreneurs to secure. The visa program allows exceptional people in fields like the arts, science, sports and business to reside in the United States. The difficulty lies in proving the possession of exceptional ability. Prizes, awards, invitations to exclusive societies and recognition from the media are some ways to demonstrate exceptional ability.

Immigration law can be complicated and is in a constant state of change. Immigrants who need questions answered regarding their immigration status or the immigration process as a whole may benefit from a consultation with an immigration attorney.

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For our clients’ convenience we offer English and Spanish speaking services.