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Immigration Through Employment or Investment

There are many ways to become qualified to work in the U.S. as a foreign national. Whether you are a researcher or an entrepreneur looking to start up a small business or a skilled worker, you can rely on us to be your best advocate. Our law firm has experience in all of them, and we can help you obtain the visa best suited to your employment needs.

Contact us online to discuss your options. Skilled immigration lawyers at our Fremont and San Francisco offices can help guide you.

Obtaining All Types of Employment Visas

Our lawyer works with clients interested in obtaining the following kinds of visas for themselves or for their employees:

H-1B visas: Nonimmigrant visas for employees with specialty occupations, Department of Defense research and development workers, and fashion models of prominence. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a specialty occupation is defined as an occupation that requires a bachelor's degree or higher and the theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge. Such occupations can include but are certainly not limited to work in IT, engineering, healthcare, financial sector, etc. This visa may require a prospective employee to be sponsored by an employer.

L-1 visas: Nonimmigrant visa for employees with “specialized knowledge” who are being transferred from a foreign country to an office or subsidiary in the U.S. or for an executive or manager to establish an office for a company here in the U.S.

Permanent labor certifications: For skilled workers who meet certain qualifications (depending on the visa applied for) to live and work permanently in the U.S.

EB-5 immigrant investment visas: For business investors who invest $1 million in a new enterprise or $500,000 if invested in a targeted employment area, as defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), that employs a minimum of 10 qualified U.S. workers, not including the investor and his or her immediate family. You can either start your own business from scratch or restructure and expand an already existing commercial enterprise.

We Can Help Determine Which Visa is Right for You

Whether you are currently in California and wish to change your immigration status, you are still abroad and looking to come and work in the U.S., or you are an employer looking to hire foreign workers, we will help you determine which visa is most appropriate for your situation and submit your application. Working with an experienced immigration attorney gives you a better chance of having your application accepted. If your application is rejected, we can handle your appeal or look at other options for permanent legal status in the U.S.

Contact Our Employment Immigration Law Firm in Fremont and San Francisco

Contact us online or call 800-769-3977 to schedule an initial appointment about your employment immigration status. Appointments with one of our expert immigration attorneys at our Fremont and San Francisco locations are available on Saturdays by arrangement. We speak Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Thai, and Laotian.

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