When Your Business Success Depends on Getting the Visa You Need
Ames Immigration has been helping corporate clients meet their employment visa needs for over 10 years. In addition to supporting the legal needs of employers nationwide, we represent individual professionals who are seeking H-1B visas for specialty occupations, including those in the health care professions.
We work with employers nationwide for all business immigration needs
Employment-based immigration visas typically fall into three primary preference categories. Contact our offices in Syracuse, New York, to schedule a consultation with attorney Sharon Ames. We will answer your questions regarding your particular circumstances and how the USCIS will interpret your needs.
Preference categories for employment visas
There are three employment—based immigrant visa classifications. The immigration laws creating these categories are designed to protect the U.S. labor market. This means that the employer and the employee seeking a green card must meet very strict requirements. Most of the categories require the prior approval of the Department of Labor in the form of a labor certification, which is an official statement by the Department of Labor that there are no qualified willing U.S. citizen employees in your region to take the position offered. The labor certification process, now called PERM (Program Electronic Review Management), has become increasingly complex since its implementation in 2005.
Once the labor certification is obtained, the employer files a petition with USCIS on behalf of the employee. In this step of the process, the employer must:
- Show that the job offered qualifies under the particular preference category selected by the employer
- Show that the employer has the ability to pay the wage offered for the job
- Show that the employee meets the employers qualifications for the position
- Prove that the employee has met all other requirements for legal entry
We offer a complete range of employment visa services:
- H-1B specialty occupation visas
- Visas for health care professionals
- EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 permanent employment visas
- Intra·company transferees
- NAFTA visas