Immigration: Business

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Business Immigration Services

Business and Employment-based Visas


Companies and employers want to bring workers or management to the U.S. to help improve our business capacities and to enhance the performance of our economy, providing profits for expansion and development of a multitude of businesses. To obtain these workers, rigorous attention must be paid to the preparation of the necessary forms and documentation for immigrant and nonimmigrant work visas, I-9 compliance and auditing, H1-B1s and H1B2s, training visas (J1/J2), investment-based visas, L-1 and L-2 visas transferring managers or key employees to new subsidiaries of foreign companies. Careful documentation is always required, and IBLF's focus on business will ensure that your applications are fully supported with accurate business data. We will also help you with your planning and international fund transfers to support investment visas.

Business and employment-based visas are broadly "immigrant" or "nonimmigrant" visas. The "E" class of visas permits the holder to immediately pursue permanent resident status. The "H", "J", and "L" classes do not, though they can sometimes provide a vehicle to develop the contacts or business necessary for eventual permanent residence. It is important that a person examine his or her long-term goals in seeking to do business or to work in the United States.


The H-1B is the primary U.S. work visa. It allows a foreign worker with special skills to stay in the United States for three years, with possible extension. There is an annual cap on the number of these, however. Also within nonimmigrant visa categories are nurses, seasonal workers and certain other applicants.


EB-1 is for Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, and Multinational Executives and Managers; EB-2 Workers with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts or Business; EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals; EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers; and EB-5 Investor/Employment Creation Visas.

Immigration Attorney Steffanie Lewis

EB-5 Investment visas pose special challenges for the would-be immigrant. Not only must the investment funds be carefully screened, but the business project carefully chosen. IBLF can help evaluate and choose the investment vehicle, and, if necessary, assist in the development of a viable business plan. We have helped investors from many different countries, and will design a strategy best suited to any particular investor.


The PERM process, which is the primary vehicle for permanent business related immigration where the foreign national has a sponsor, begins with a full evaluation of the job requirements, careful identification of the job categories, establishment of prevailing wage documentation, as well as assessment of the foreign worker's skills and educational certifications. Maintaining the proper documentation and readiness for CIS audit procedures is a key to the successful worker visa application. Because of our business background, IBLF has the capacity to analyze and support creative business models that can be successful even when a particular job or job offer does not meet the standard expected requirements for Service approval.