Our areas of expertise
Non-Immigrant Business Visas
Our firm specializes in all non-immigrant classifications including:
B-1 (Business Visitors): Visas intended for business visitors with residences abroad.
H-1B (Specialty Occupation Professionals): Visas for individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a combination of education and/or experience for employment in a professional position.
L-1 (Multi-National Intra-Company Transferees): Managers, Executives and Specialized Knowledge employees transferring from a parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate abroad to the United States. Executives and Managers meeting this classification may be eligible for permanent resident status without a labor certification.
Blanket L-1 Petitions: Certain qualifying companies may obtain a Blanket L, which allows eligible employees to apply for L-1 Classification directly at a U.S. Consulate without first having to obtain an approved individual petition from the USCIS.
TN (Canadian and Mexican NAFTA Professionals): Special visas for certain professionals from Canada and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
J-1 (Training and Exchange Visitors): For foreign training and exchange visitors coming to the United States to participate in approved and established programs. Certain J-1 visitors are subject to returning to their home country or country of last residence for a two year period before being eligible for some non-immigrant categories or for permanent resident status.
O-1 (Extraordinary Ability): These visas are for individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education, or business.
E-1 & E-2 (Temporary Visas for Investors): Treaty Traders and Investors who are nationals from countries with certain treaties with the United States and who are entering the United States for qualifying trade or investment purposes.
E-3 (Professional Visas for Australians): Special visas designated for Australian citizens for individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a combination of education and/or experience for employment in a professional position.
P-1 (Artists, Athletes and Entertainers): Temporary visas for qualifying artists, athletes and entertainers.
Q-1 (Cultural Exchange Visitors): Visas for individuals coming to the United States to participate in approved cultural exchange programs.
R-1 (Religious Workers): For certain qualifying religious workers such as ordained clergy, individuals who have taken religious vows, and religious professionals.
We provide advanced expertise in employment-based classifications.
Extraordinary Ability Petitions
This classification does not require a labor certification, and an individual may self-petition without an employer sponsor. This category is for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim.
Multi-National Managers and Executives
This category also does not require a labor certification, though it does require an employer petitioner. Individuals who are eligible include Managers and Executives transferring from a parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate abroad to the United States.
Outstanding Professors and Researchers
This classification does not require a labor certification, but does require an employer petitioner. It is reserved for individuals who can show international recognition as outstanding in a particular field.
Exceptional Ability with National Interest Waiver Petitions
This classification does not require a labor certification, and an individual may self-petition without an employer sponsor. This category is designated for individuals of exceptional ability, for whom it is in the national interest to waive the labor certification process.
Labor Certification Applications (PERM) for Advanced Degrees, Professionals, Skilled and Unskilled Workers
The most common method for obtaining permanent resident status through employment, the labor certification application is filed with the Department of Labor in an effort to show that there are no U.S. workers qualified and willing to fill a specific position.
Employment Creation (“EB-5”)
These visas are designated for investors in new commercial enterprise which will create employment for at least ten individuals. This category requires an investment of at least $500,000 in “targeted employment areas” or $1,000,000 in other areas. Investors may also participate with investment in approved Regional Centers.
Fiancés and Fiancées
U.S. Citizens may bring their fiancés and fiancées to the United States from abroad with the fiancé/fiancée visa for the purpose of marrying within a 90 day period within the United States.
Spouses, Children and Other Relatives of U.S. Citizens
U.S. Citizens may petition for certain relatives, including their parents (if the U.S. Citizen is at least 21 years of age), spouses, minor children, step-children, adult children, adult married children, and brothers and sisters.
Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents
Permanent residents of the United States may petition for their spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children.
Removal of Conditions on Permanent Resident Status
Spouses of U.S. Citizens who are granted permanent resident status within the first two years of the marriage are granted Conditional Resident Status. Conditional Resident Status affords individuals all the same privileges and obligations as does Permanent Resident Status; however, a Conditional Resident holds that status for a period of only two years. In order to maintain status beyond the two year period, the Conditional Resident must file a petition to remove conditions on permanent resident status within the 90 day window immediately prior to the expiration of the two year Conditional Resident status.
Citizenship & Naturalization
Individuals born outside the United States may acquire U.S. citizenship in a variety of ways including having parents and/or grandparents born in the United States or naturalized to U.S. Citizenship. Some adopted children may also acquire U.S. Citizenship.
Once an individual obtains permanent resident status, expeditious naturalization may be an option for some spouses of U.S. citizens in the employment of the U.S. Government, an American Institution of Research recognized as such by the Attorney General, or of an American firm or corporation.
Spouses of U.S. citizens may be eligible for naturalization after three years of holding permanent resident status.
Individuals obtaining permanent resident status through other relatives or employment may be eligible for naturalization after five years.
Asylum & Removal
Individuals who have been persecuted or have a well-founded fear of future persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in or identification with a particular social group, or political opinion may be eligible for asylum or refugee status. Those who have been granted asylum may be eligible for permanent resident status after a one year period. We represent individuals filing asylum applications affirmatively with the USCIS or defensively in removal proceedings with the Immigration Court or the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Removal proceedings are conducted through administrative courts which determine whether an individual may be removed from the United States, and whether that individual may make any application to prevent removal. Removal proceedings may be commenced for violations of the immigration laws such as staying beyond an authorized period, entry without inspection, employment without authorization as well as for incidents involving arrests and crimes, abandonment of permanent resident status and other violations. There are a number of different applications and waivers which individuals may present to defend against removal.