Austin Employment-Based Immigration Lawyer
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers foreign workers and investors a number of employment-based immigration options to enter and work in the United States. Each of these work-related visas will allow you to work in the U.S., and some of them will allow you to take action so that you may become a permanent resident.
At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys understand the complexities of the U.S. immigration law; we are prepared to help you work through the application process for any form of employment-based immigration.
Options for Employment-Based Immigration
Employment-immigration visas can provide foreign workers and investors a unique opportunity to further their careers and lives in the United States. That being said, our immigration attorneys in Austin believe that everyone should have an opportunity to pursue the American dream; we can help you take the necessary steps to work through the application process for whichever visa you are eligible to pursue, including the following:
- EB-1 Visa – Extraordinary workers, executives, and managers
- EB-2 Visa – Advanced degree worker / Specialty occupation worker
- EB-3 Visa – Professional or skilled worker
- EB-4 Visa – Religious worker
- EB-5 Visa – Immigrant investor
Our legal team in Austin can help you work through the application process to help you enter or remain in the United States so that you can be eligible to work. We understand the complexities and nuances of U.S. immigration law and we would be proud to help you gain or maintain employment in the U.S. Whether you only intend to secure temporary employment or if you intend to remain in the U.S. long-term, our Austin legal team can help you work through every aspect of your application.
Frequently Asked Questions About Employment-Based Immigration
If you are a citizen of another country and want to come to the U.S. for a job, you will need to apply for a visa. While there are differing requirements depending on the specifics of your situation, there is plenty of information available on the website of the U.S. Department of State. We have also included the answers to several frequently asked questions below. If you do not see your question here or if you would like to speak with a member of our team about your situation, contact us at (512) 323-2333 today.
Are there any fees associated with obtaining an employment-based visa?
There are several fees that you may be required to pay when applying for an employment-based visa. These fees often include application fees, medical examination expenses, and others. While the fees may change, you can find the updated list of current fees on the U.S. Department of State’s services page. It is also recommended that you consult with your immigration attorney to discuss which fees you may owe before you apply.
Do I have to be sponsored by an employer to qualify?
No, if you qualify for an EB-1A “extraordinary” ability visa. This applies to individuals who have exceptional abilities in business, sports, science, arts, or education. You may also qualify for this if your abilities serve the national interest of the United States. If you qualify for this type of visa, you can do so on a “self-sponsored’ application, but you will be required to show documentation that demonstrates that you have gained national or international acclaim in your field.
What is a “priority date?”
Whenever you file your immigration application, the date of filing becomes your priority date. Because so many visa applications are filed each year, there are statutory limits on the number of visas that can be issued in certain categories. If there are more qualified applicants in a certain category than there are visas that can be issued, the category is considered to be “oversubscribed”. If a category of visa is oversubscribed, then visas will be issued chronologically in order of the priority date until all of the allotted visas have been issued.
Consult with an Employment-Based Immigration Lawyer in Austin
If you would like to learn more about the different methods of employment-based immigration that may be available to you, the employment-based immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC would be happy meet with you during a confidential consultation. To speak with an immigration attorney in Austin about the particulars of your situation, please call our Austin offices at (512) 323-2333 today.