The attorneys in the immigration division of McKinney Perry & Coalter, PA have more than 15 years of experience successfully helping clients sponsor employees for lawful permanent residency, commonly referred to as a green card or an immigrant visa.
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Sponsoring an Employee
Most employers want to hire the best person for job. Sometimes that means looking outside of the United States for candidates. Unfortunately, securing legal permanent residency is a complicated and time-consuming process that requires more than a job offer. There are actually three distinct programs that include provisions for employment:
- Green card — A limited number of green cards are available to potential employees. Preference is based on skill type, skill level, education level and industry. Additional options are available to individuals who are traveling to the United States to invest in local business or industry.
- H-1B visa — Professionals with a very specialized skill set that is difficult to find in the United States may qualify for this program, including teachers with specific language skills.
Nonimmigrant visa — This provides temporary residency for a wide range of professions and skill sets, including farm workers, agricultural workers, religious workers, entertainers, athletes and artists.
If you are trying to get a work permit for a current employee who is in the United States without legal immigration status established, it is extremely important to speak to a qualified immigration attorney before submitting the application. If the situation is not handled correctly, your employee could face being detained and deported. Also, for many people, it is faster and easier to qualify for immigration benefits under a different program.
Strategies for Success
Before you hire an employee who does not have U.S. citizenship or a valid green card, it is vitally important that you speak to a qualified immigration attorney about your professional objectives, legal options and the immigration process. During a confidential consultation, our experienced Greensboro employment-based green card lawyers will take the time to review the situation and provide clear and straightforward counsel on the immigration options available to you, as well as potential advantages and pitfalls you may encounter. We strive to protect your interests by providing you with the information you need to make informed legal decisions.
Experienced Raleigh Work-Based Green Card Lawyer
From our offices in Greensboro and Wilmington, North Carolina, the attorneys at McKinney Perry & Coalter, PA represent clients throughout both North and South Carolina. Contact us at 336-944-6782 to arrange a consultation.