Employment Based Immigration

Overview If you want to become an immigrant based on the fact that you have a permanent employment opportunity in the United States, or if you are an employer that wants to sponsor someone for lawful permanent residency based on permanent employment in the United States, you must go through a multi-step process. First, foreign nationals…

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EB-1 Classification

Overview If you have an extraordinary ability, you are an outstanding professor or researcher, or you are a multinational executive or manager you may be eligible for the employment-based first preference visa classification. Each of these three categories has certain requirements that must be met as stated below. An advantage of filing EB-1 petitions is…

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PERM – Labor Certification

Overview PERM is an acronym for “Program Electronic Review Management process” and is the latest DOL online procedure for filing a Labor Certification Application (Form ETA-9089). PERM became effective on March 28, 2005 and all Labor Certifications filed after that date must be filed using the PERM process. Traditional Labor Certification or RIR processing is…

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Permanent Residency Through Capital Investment-EB5 Program

Overview The EB-5 visa is a way to obtain permanent resident status solely through investment in the U.S. The EB-5 investor visa program was established by the United States Congress in 1990 to enable foreigners who make an investment in a U.S. business to obtain a green card and become lawful permanent residents, and potentially…

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H-1B Professional Temporary Workers

Overview The 1990 and 1998 amendments to the INA implemented a limit of 115,000 on the number of persons who may receive H-1B status in each fiscal year (FY 1999-2000). The visas decreased to 107,500 in fiscal year 2001 and to 65,000 in fiscal year 2002. The limit of 65,000 per annum remains in place…

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E Visas

Overview At the law offices of Adan G. Vega & Associates, PLLC our attorneys provide high-quality and proficient legal counsel for foreign nationals who wish to apply for an E visa. Our founding attorney Adan G. Vega is a Board-Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law with the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal…

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L-1A and L-1B Nonimmigrant Visas

Overview The L-1 is a non-immigrant visa which allows foreign companies to temporarily transfer executives and managers (L-1A) and technical personnel having “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to affiliates or subsidiaries in the United States. Executives and managers who qualify for L-1A status are also in a position to qualify for permanent residence under the employment-based first preference…

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The TN for Mexican and Canadian NAFTA Professional Workers

Overview TN NAFTA Visas At the law offices of Adan G. Vega & Associates, PLLC our TN visa lawyers have focused exclusively on immigration law for over 40 years. Our dedication to immigration law allows us to acquire in-depth knowledge of the frequently changing laws and regulations under which foreign nationals may enter or immigrate…

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H-2A Certification for Temporary or Seasonal Agricultural Work

The H-2A temporary agricultural program establishes a means for agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can approve an employer’s petition for such workers, the…

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H-2B Visa – Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers

Overview U.S. employers are allowed through the H-2B program to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs that have one-time occurrence, seasonal need, peak-load need, or intermittent need. The foreign national with the H-2B is permitted a maximum period of stay in H-2B classification of 3 years.   H-2B Visa…

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H-3 – Trainee Visa

Overview The H-3 nonimmigrant visa category is available for a worker who is coming temporarily to the U.S. to receive training (other than graduate medical education or training). The training may be provided by a business entity, academic, or vocational institute. The H-3 nonimmigrant visa category is also available for workers who are coming temporarily to…

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J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

Overview The Exchange Visitor Program was established in 1961 and the purpose of the program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Foreign nationals can participate in the Exchange Visitor Program and come to the United States…

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Q Visa – Cultural Exchange Program

Overview Participants in an international cultural exchange program designed to provide practical training, employment and sharing of the participant’s native culture, history and traditions of the home country may qualify for a Q-1 non-immigrant visa. The training/employment must be approved in advance by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States…

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R Visa – Temporary Religious Workers

Overview The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides a nonimmigrant visa category “R” for aliens proceeding to the United States to work in a religious capacity. Definition of Religious Workers Religious workers include ministers of religion who are authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members…

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O & P Visas for Athletes and Entertainers

Overview O-1 Visa: The O-1A visa classification is reserved for persons with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business and athletics. The O-1B is for those with extraordinary achievement in motion pictures and television production, and essential support personnel. Only individuals can qualify for the O-1 visa category. In order for a group to…

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