Greer Employment Visa Lawyers
Assistance for Employers of Foreign National Workers
In today’s global economy, it is often necessary or advantageous for businesses to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill work positions. If you are looking to achieve this, or if you need legal assistance to ensure you are remaining in compliance with U.S. immigration law regarding foreign workers on your staff, turn to Colón Law Firm.
Our firm focuses entirely on U.S. immigration law, serving clients throughout Greenville and Spartanburg counties with all employment-based immigration matters. We are available to consult with you and provide effective legal representation and guidance on all hiring and compliance issues. Our aim is to provide the legal services which meet your needs and objectives.
Employment-Based Visa Options & Procedures
For those who wish to work in the U.S., and for employers who wish to hire foreign nationals, different options apply.
Individuals who wish to work here must either have a green card, a work permit called an Employment Authorization Document, or an employment-based visa obtained through their prospective employer.
A certain number of employment-based visas are issued every year to those who qualify under immigration law. These are nonimmigrant visas, but are distinct from temporary worker visas and business visas. In general, the employer must obtain an approval from the Department of Labor in order to file a petition for his or her proposed foreign national worker.
Categories for these prospective workers have been created for application purposes. Each category has an annual limited number of visas available. Petitions are reviewed and visas granted on a first-come-first-served basis.
Employment-based visa categories include:
- E1 - Individuals with extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, and multinational managers or executives
- E2 - Advanced degree holders and persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business
- E3 - Skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers seeking non-seasonal positions requiring less than two years of training
- E4 - Special immigrants, including broadcasters, religious workers, and Iraqi and Afghan translators
- E5 - Immigrant investors who are investing in new commercial enterprises to create jobs in the United States
Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 may also file petitions to accompany or join their family member in traveling and residing here temporarily during the employment stay.
All documentation and requirements under the law must be fulfilled for visas to be granted. Depending on your immigration situation, you may be required to provide:
- A valid passport
- Birth or marriage certificates
- Medical examination forms
- Proof of your extraordinary or exceptional ability
Immigration Solutions for South Carolina's Business Community
Business visas have been created by our government for foreign citizens of other countries who wish to enter the United States for business-related activities. These types of visas are for temporary stays only. Business professionals from all over the world often need to travel to the United States for specific business reasons which do not include U.S. employment. They may come as individuals from small companies, large corporations, universities, laboratories, and other groups.
If you are seeking this type of visa, Colón Law Firm can guide you through the process. Our Greer employment visa attorney is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of business visa application and processing.
Business Visa Requirements
The B1 visa is a nonimmigrant visitor visa that allows its holders to engage in business-related activities while in the United States. Holders of a B1 visa may not engage in paid employment from a U.S. source while here.
B1 visas are for:
- Attending conferences or business events
- Attending business meetings
- Negotiating contracts
- Consulting with business contacts
- Settling estates
- Developing business relationships
B1 visa applicants must be able to document their eligibility, which includes showing that their visit is strictly business-related, they have enough money to cover the expenses they will incur while in the United States, and they intend to return to their home country when their visa expires.
Under the Visa Waiver Program, those who live in specified countries can enter the United States and stay for up to 90 days without having to apply for a B1 visa.
Bring Your Case to Our Client-Focused Law Firm
At Colón Law Firm, our clients matter to us. Our full-service immigration firm stands ready to help you reach your specific objectives as a business or an individual. Immigration law is all we do, and that concentration allows us to focus on creating personalized interaction with the people who seek our help. We have the know-how needed to fully address your needs and concerns as well as thoroughly prepare and oversee your visa submission. We encourage you to bring your employment immigration issue to us so we can demonstrate our dedication to helping you achieve your objectives.