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Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) is the process used for obtaining a labor certification and is the first step for certain foreign nationals in obtaining an employment-based immigrant visa (i.e. green card). The labor certification process is intended to protect U.S. workers and the U.S. labor market by ensuring that foreign workers seeking immigration visa classifications are not displacing equally qualified U.S. workers.
O-1A status is available to persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry). It is the most commonly used visa for those who have gained significant achievements in their respective fields. Examples of those who are eligible for this visa include, but are not limited to: CEOs who have achieved dramatic growth, professors with groundbreaking publications, researchers with patents, or athletes with significant press.
The L non-immigrant visa category is one of the most useful tools available to international companies who need to bring qualified foreign employees to the United States. There are three types of transferees that can come to the U.S. on an L-1 visas: (1) A manager, executive or employee with “specialized knowledge” can come to the U.S. to open a new office on behalf of the company abroad; (2) Company executives or managers may obtain an L-1A visa to work for a foreign company here in the U.S.; (2) Employees with specialized knowledge can obtain an L-1B visa to transfer from the foreign company to a U.S. office, subsidiary, or affiliated company to perform temporary services.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant classification that allows foreign workers to work in the United States in “specialty occupations” (explained further below). The H-1B is highly sought after and is among the most valuable tools an employer can use to attract skilled foreign labor. Current regulations impose a cap on the number of new H-1Bs that can be issued in a fiscal year. The current limits are 65,000 plus an additional 20,000 visas for applicants with U.S. Master’s degrees or higher.
This article is aimed to help you and your business learn how recruit top global talent. The guide is intended for business owners who intend to implement transitional outsourcing programs where talent is initially employed overseas but with a path towards US residency.
In the world of investor visas, the EB-5 gets all the headlines. Understandably investments in brand name hotels and sports arenas are far more exciting than those in a coffee shop or fast-food franchise. However, after some analysis it becomes apparent that for many investors the E-2 can be a cheaper, quicker option.