There are five (5) preference categories through which an individual can seek to live and work permanently in the United States. A foreign must obtain permission to work legally in the United States and among the occupations that an individual can obtain his permanent residence are: artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers and many others. Each employment-based category has its own requirements, conditions, and proceedings. Those individuals who seek to immigrate based on their job skills must meet the skills, education and/or work experience that each category requires.
Some of the above-mentioned categories require employment sponsorship and an approved Labor Certification before an Immigration Officer grants a permanent residence to an individual. A Labor Certification (PERM) is an independent application filed with DOL (Department of Labor) where your employer/sponsor must prove:
There are insufficient available, qualified, and willing U.S. workers to fill the position being offered at the prevailing wage (minimum salary for the position where the job will be performed) ; &
Hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
At B & M Law, we will plan the best immigration strategies for you and your family needs depending on your professional qualifications or business goals.