As an employer, you may come face-to-face with a situation in which you want to sponsor an employee for permanent resident status. If you find yourself in this situation, you and your soon-to-be employee need to take on a variety of steps.
Those considering the EB-5 visa must have significant assets to invest into the American economy.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the O visa is reserved for individuals thought to possess documented extraordinary achievements or abilities in a given field.
An investment firm supporting the alternative energy industry has sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for delaying EB-5 visas for wealthy foreign investors. The California Energy Investment Center, LLC, claims that the USCIS has put unreasonable roadblocks in the way of EB-5 visas for 200 investors who have already provided $100 million in U.S. investments.
Residents of Mexico and Canada who wish to enter the United States to work must first obtain a visa. Residents of these two countries are legally permitted to hold employment in the United States due to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The TN Visa, which is short for nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional, allows residents of Mexico and Canada to work in the country for predetermined business.
Immigrants with work visas who are trying to get green cards are likely to see delays in the process. On Aug. 28, the U.S. Citizenship and immigrantion Services announced that they will be required to submit to an in-person interview once their I-485 green card applications are submitted.
Numerous immigrants enter the United States every year for employment purposes -- many coming to California. Some are looking for permanent positions, while others are only wanting temporary jobs. In either case, these individuals must obtain the appropriate visas or permits for their employment needs. This column will try to address some things that immigrants and employers need to know about temporary work permits.
Obtaining the appropriate visa for work purposes would seem like a fairly simple task; however, it actually can be quite challenging. When one needs an employment visa, there are a lot of steps involved in the process, which can make the whole thing rather confusing. This column will try to address some of the things immigrants who are looking to come to California or elsewhere in the United States for work may need to know about employment-based immigrantion.
Throughout California, numerous agencies can be found that claim to specialize in issues affecting immigrants. Unfortunately, some of these companies, upon closer investigation, have been found to not hold the required licenses required under state law to perform the services they claim to offer. The owner and an employee of one such immigrantion services business in the northern part of the state were recently arrested on fraud charges, although the business still remained opened after their arrests.
When foreign nationals want to come to the United States for work purposes, they must obtain the appropriate visas for their specific jobs. Before this is even possible, in many cases, employers must obtain what is called Foreign Labor Certification in order to show the government the need to hire immigrant workers. How do employers in California and elsewhere apply for Foreign Labor Certification?