Reid & Hellyer can assist you with family, employment, and business-based immigration as well as other areas of immigration law, including family petitions, residency, waivers, citizenship, work authorization, travel documents, fiancé(e) visas, DACA, and other services. We also offer services in Spanish.
Family-based immigration is reserved for those individuals who have a family member, either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, who can petition for them to immigrate to the United States. Having a family member who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, however, does not guarantee approval or the granting of immigration benefits. The intending immigrants have a host of other requirements, including having to prove that they are not inadmissible due to health, criminal, or security-related grounds. In addition, they must prove that they will not become a public charge by submitting an affidavit of support with financial data and documents, which is a legally binding contract between the sponsor/petitioner and the government.
Employment-based immigration allows a U.S. company or business to petition for a foreign worker or workers. Each year, thousands of foreign workers enter the U.S. to work in multiple occupations or employment categories, including artists, researches, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers, non-agricultural workers, entertainers, and others. As is the case with family-based immigration, having a U.S. employer petitioner alone does not guarantee visa approval as the employer and employee must meet other requirements. For instance, the petitioning employer must first test the labor market to ensure there are no qualified, willing, available U.S. workers to fill the permanent job opportunity. The intending employee/worker must also meet certain requirements and conditions, and he/she must depart the U.S. upon expiration of the period of authorized stay unless his/her stay is extended or changed to a different status.
Business-based immigration law is reserved for those individuals or companies who wish to conduct business in the U.S. by establishing subsidiary companies or by sending foreign-qualified individuals to work at their existing U.S. subsidiaries, or for those who wish to invest in the U.S. economy by creating jobs for U.S. workers. There are a number of requirements and conditions that must be met depending on the type of visa sought by the foreign entity.