Employment-Based Immigration

There are two pathways to employment-based benefits – nonimmigrant visa status and lawful permanent resident status also known as “green card” status.

Nonimmigrant Visa Status

Principe Immigration Law works with employers and business owners to strategize the best and most expedient nonimmigrant visa options. With Principe Immigration Law, clients will gain the insights of an experienced immigration attorney who will recommend strategies that are customized to each client’s industry and circumstances. Principe Immigration Law understands the wide range of visa categories available to employers. Principe Immigration Law works with our clients to identify the pathway that makes sense for them. We have expertise and experience in preparing and facilitating visa applications for temporary employment on behalf of international workers in these nonimmigrant visa categories:

  • E-1/E-2 (treaty traders/investors)
  • E-3 (Australian professionals in specialty occupations)
  • H-1B (professionals in specialty occupations)
  • H-1B1 (Chilean and Singaporean professionals in speciality occupations)
  • L-1 (intra-company transferees)
  • O (persons of extraordinary ability or achievement)
  • P (athletes, entertainers, and artists)
  • R-1 (religious workers)
  • TN (Canadian and Mexican NAFTA professionals)

Principe Immigration Law counsels clients when B-1 visitor visa status may be utilized for short-term assignments or in lieu of H1B status. Principe Immigration Law provides advice on international student visa issues (F-1 and J-1) as well as trainees and exchange visitors (B-1, H-3, and J-1). When possible, Principe Immigration Law provides visa solutions when limited by the annual H1B visa cap.

Permanent Resident Status

Principe Immigration Law helps companies obtain permanent residence (“green cards”) on behalf of international workers in all employment-based categories:

  • EB-1 priority workers;
  • EB-2 advanced degree professionals; and
  • EB-3 professional, skilled, and unskilled workers

Principe Immigration Law strives to utilize immigration options that do not require labor certification.

These options include the following:

  • Permanent residence based on an individual’s extraordinary ability;
  • Eligibility as an outstanding professor or outstanding researcher;
  • Eligibility as a multinational manager or multinational executive;
  • Individuals whose employment in the U.S. would greatly benefit the nation and qualify for a national interest waiver; or
  • Religious workers who meets the criteria for a special immigrant petition.

If labor certification is needed, Principe Immigration Law will counsel client through all of the steps of the intricate PERM labor certification process. Principe Immigration Law, also takes care of the employee’s dependent family members and prepares applications for adjustment of status in the U.S. or visa processing abroad.