Business Immigration

Visas and Green Cards for employees and business owners.

Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law. Employment-based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based immigrants. To be considered for an immigrant visa under some of the employment-based categories, the applicant’s prospective employer or agent must first obtain a labor certification approval from the Department of Labor. Once received (if required), the employer then files an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the appropriate employment-based preference category. (NOTE: Persons with extraordinary abilities in the Employment First preference category or those in the Second Preference category who are able to obtain a National Interest Waiver are able to file their own petitions.) ChristmannLegal attorneys will assist you in exploring the wide variety of employment-based immigration options available to you.


IMMIGRANT VISAS (GREEN CARD)

EB-1: Persons of Extraordinary Ability in the Sciences, Arts, Education, Business, or Athletics; Outstanding Professors or Researchers; and Multinational Executives and Managers

EB-2: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or for Persons with Exceptional Ability in the Arts, Sciences, or Business

EB-3: Professionals, Skilled Workers, and Other Workers

EB-4: Special Immigrants (Religious Workers, Employees of U.S. Foreign Service Posts, Retired Employees of International Organizations, Alien Minors who are Wards of Courts)

EB-5: Business Investors


NON-IMMIGRANT CATEGORIES (TEMPORARY VISA)

E-1: Treaty Trader

E-2: Treaty Investor

H-1B: Specialty Occupations and Fashion Models

H-1C: Registered Nurse

H-2A: Agricultural Workers

H-2B: Non-Agricultural Workers

H-3: Nonimmigrant Trainee

I: Representatives of Foreign Media

L-1A: Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager

L-1B: Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge

O-1: Individuals with extraordinary Ability or Achievement

P-1A: Internationally Recognized Athlete

P-1B: Member of Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group

P-2: Performer or Group Performing under Reciprocal Exchange Program

P-3: Artist or Entertainer Part of a Culturally Unique Program

Q: Cultural Exchange

R-1: Temporary Religious Workers

TN: NAFTA Professionals

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1511 E 7th Street

Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: (704)817-0374

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Greensboro, NC 27409

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Greenville, SC 29601

Phone: (864)236-4080

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