Fort Lauderdale & Davie Business-Based Immigration Attorneys
For certain professionals and investors, there are many ways to earn the right to live and work in the United States on a temporary or permanent basis. However, immigration laws are extremely complex, and even a small oversight can jeopardize your interests and impede your goals. In South Florida, Peregrine Law P.A. can help you with employment, investment, and business-based immigration matters. Contact our Fort Lauderdale & Davie business-based immigration attorneys today.
Types of Professional Visas
Business-based immigrants are generally sponsored by a U.S. employer based on a demonstrated need. However, some individuals may self-petition if they meet the requirements for “extraordinary ability” in their field, or if their entry would be in the “national interest.” Professional visas are ranked in order of importance of need by the United States economy and employers. The categories include:
- First Preference EB-1 – EB-1 visas are reserved for people of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; and multinational executives and managers.
- Second Preference EB-2 – EB-2 visas are reserved for people who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or for people with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business.
- Third Preference EB-3 – EB-3 visas are reserved for professionals, skilled workers, and other workers.
- Fourth Preference EB-4 – EB-4 visas are reserved for “special immigrants,” which includes certain religious workers, employees of U.S. Foreign Service posts, retired employees of international organizations, alien minors who are wards of courts in the United States, and other classes of aliens.
- Fifth Preference EB-5 – EB-5 visas are reserved for business investors who invest $1 million or $500,000 (if the investment is made in a targeted employment area) in a new commercial enterprise that employs at least 10 fulltime U.S. workers.
So long as an individual with a professional visa does not violate any law that would warrant deportation, he or she will become a permanent resident, receive a green card, and enjoy the indefinite right to live and work in the United States. There are protections in place for U.S. workers, which means almost all business-based immigration cases need Department of Labor verification to make sure that no U.S. workers are qualified, able or willing to take the position offered to the immigrant, and admittance of the immigrant won’t affect the working conditions and wages of similarly placed U.S. workers in a negative way. We can help you make your case to the DOL.
Contact Peregrine Law, P.A. about Fort Lauderdale & Davie Business-Based Immigration
If you are an employer, professional, or investor with business-based immigration concerns in the Fort Lauderdale area, please contact Peregrine Law, P.A. to schedule a consultation. We can help you protect your business interests in South Florida.