Employment-Based Immigration

Employment-Based Immigration Attorneys in Illinois

Skilled Guidance for Employment-Based Immigrant Visas in Aurora and Northern Illinois

The USCIS issues a limited number of immigrant and non-immigrant visas each year to skilled workers and investors. Because of these limitations and the complexities of employment-based immigration law, it can be difficult for U.S. businesses to sponsor foreign workers to fill much-needed positions. At Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C., we work with companies of all sizes and industries to skillfully navigate the immigration process and help obtain the workers you need.

For over 25 years, our attorneys have helped American businesses and foreign investors overcome the obstacles involved with obtaining employment-based immigration visas. Our experienced attorneys work collaboratively to develop the most effective and practical solution to meet your needs and accomplish your goals. One of our senior attorneys previously worked with the Immigration and Naturalization Service as an attorney, instructor, and examiner. This gives us unique insights into the internal immigration and citizenship process. We also practice regularly before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. Department of Justice Administrative Appeals Office and federal district court.

Employment-Based Immigration Overview

Businesses may sponsor foreign workers for employment visas in either the temporary (non-immigrant) or permanent (immigrant) category.

Temporary Work Visas

Temporary employment visas may be issued through one of several subcategories. The most common are:

  • H-Visas: This category is used to bring in workers or students to fill positions that require special skills. Examples include registered nurses, agricultural workers, business trainees and other workers specifically needed by the business.
  • L-Visas: This category is used by multi-national entities to transfer foreign employees to work in the United States.
  • E-Visas: Foreign nationals from countries that have trade treaties with the U.S. can apply under this category. An E category employee must have essential executive or supervisory skills and an E category investor must have a substantial investment in a bona fide enterprise that will create jobs in the U.S.

There are several other types of temporary visas available for individuals such as religious workers, athletes, entertainers and members of the press under this general category.

Permanent Work Visas

Permanent employment-based visas, also known as EB visas, can be obtained through one of five preference categories:

  • EB1: This category is reserved for persons of demonstrably extraordinary skills and abilities in areas such as business, athletics, science, art and education. Nobel Prize winners, exceptional researchers and professors, and multinational executives may fit into this category.
  • EB2: Persons holding advanced degrees (beyond a bachelor’s degree) with exceptional science, arts or business skills may qualify in this category.
  • EB3: Professionals and skilled workers with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent may qualify under this category.
  • EB4: This category is reserved for “special immigrants”; including current or former employees of the U.S. government and religious workers.
  • EB5: This category is reserved for foreign investors who intend to invest a minimum of $1 million (or $500,000 in certain targeted areas) in a new business that will create at least 10 full-time jobs for American workers.

Temporary and permanent employment visas have annual limits on the number issued, so it is important to begin the process as soon as possible and well in advance of the need to fill a key role in your organization. Our lawyers work closely with you to fully understand your goals and help determine the best category to bring in the skilled employees you need to remain successful. For a personal consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. today at 630-907-0909. From our offices in Aurora, we represent clients for employment-based immigration visas in Chicago, Rockford, Naperville, Oswego, Montgomery, Sugar Grove, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Will County, DeKalb County, Cook County, and communities throughout Northern and Central Illinois.

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