Florida Employment Immigration Lawyers
Seek an Employment-Based Visa
The immigration process is often difficult and overwhelming. It can be particularly difficult for individuals hoping to come to the U.S. to work.
Immigration complications are especially present in South Florida. We are a major center of international trade and investment, from the global hub of Miami through Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach. This means that having an experienced and capable employment immigration lawyer in Florida is not just a smart idea, it is a necessity.
This is where The Berman Law Group enters the picture. Our team handles many employment-based immigration cases throughout the year. We can make the process of immigration as smooth and as simple as the law allows. We have offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Orlando, Stuart, and Gainesville for your convenience.
Contact us today if you would like more detailed information or if you would like a free employment immigration consultation. Just call (800) 375-5555.
Often called the “treaty investors visa,” the E2 visa is a smart choice for entrepreneurs or investors. This is due to its quick processing time and its indefinite duration. Many E2 visas are processed in a month or less and they can be extended as long as your business or investment remains active.
There are, however, some E2 visa requirements that must be met to qualify.
First and foremost, the country you are emigrating from needs to have an E2 treaty with the United States. While most countries do, there are some notable ones that do not. China, India, and Russia, for example, do not have E2 treaties. Investors from these countries are better off using an EB5 visa, which will be explained later.
The next E2 visa requirement is the investment amount. While there are not exact figures on how much must be invested, it must be substantial. This will vary on a case-by-case basis, which is one reason having experienced E2 visa lawyers is so important.
Next, you must have started to invest a significant portion of the capital in the United States before your E2 visa will be granted. This is one of the many reasons the immigration process can be difficult.
EB-5 visas are more complicated than E2s but offer several benefits for investors with substantial capital. The first area that bears examining is the EB-5 investment amount.
EB-5 requirements stipulate a minimum investment amount of $1 million into a for-profit commercial enterprise. This investment can be decreased to $500,000 if you are investing in a targeted employment area, which is a rural area or location with a high unemployment rate. The form of your investment can vary but should include money, real property, equipment, or certain types of equity.
Another EB-5 requirement is that your investment must create 10 full-time jobs. These jobs can be created anytime within the first two years of your conditional permanent residency. The jobs can be direct (produced by the investment) or indirect (produced as a result of investment income).
Due to these requirements, retaining an EB-5 attorney in Florida is an important part of the immigration process. Our staff of expert attorneys is here to help make sure your EB-5 investment is protected and your residency status is secured.
Other Immigration Employment Visas
In addition to both the E2 and EB-5, there are many other E-type visas.
These include the:
- EB1A visa: Awarded to people of extraordinary ability in a given field. The field can be business, science, education, art, or athletics. In order to qualify for this type of visa, you must meet three criteria from a list of 10. The processing time for EB1As is quick, often under a month.
- EB1B visa: Similar to the EB1A but reserved for distinguished professors and researchers. These individuals can be academics in any field. To qualify for an EB1B, you must have a minimum of three years teaching or research experience and hold a tenure track position. The processing time for EB1Bs is also incredibly quick.
- EB1C visa: Also similar to the EB1A and EB1B but tailored towards business executives and high-level managers. To qualify for an EB1C, the individual emigrating must have been employed with their current business for a minimum of one year. Additionally, the company sponsoring must have conducted business in the United States for at least a year and have a qualifying relationship with entities in a foreign country.
- EB2 visa: Granted to people of exceptional ability or professionals holding advanced degrees. In this way, it is comparable to the EB1A visa but requires labor certification. The EB3 visa is awarded to skilled, unskilled, and professional workers emigrating to the United States.
- L1 visas: Awarded to employees transferring between two branches of the same company. This type of visa is similar to the EB1C visa but differs in a number of key ways. Within the L1 class, there is the L1A visa and the L1B visa. The L1A is for intracompany transfer of executives, while the L1B is for employees who possess special knowledge.
- H-1B visa: Sometimes called the specialty occupation visa. This option is designed for those who are employed in a field that requires a Bachelor’s degree. It is valid for three years from the time of entry and can be renewed for an additional three years.
Regardless of the type of visa you choose, you will need an experienced Florida employment immigration lawyer. This is where The Berman Law Group becomes a valuable resource. Our attorneys are practiced, skilled, and deft at maneuvering through the entire immigration process.
We have helped many and we can help you. Contact us today for a free employment immigration consultation. Call (800) 375-5555.
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