Get Help From A Lawyer: Employment-Based Immigration

An individual might seek to immigrate to the United States for numerous reasons. Whether you are investing in a U.S. company or have been promoted internationally, a skilled immigration law attorney at The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC, can provide the guidance and legal representation you need.

Are There Annual Limits?

An employer could sponsor a person for immigration. If a foreign national does not have relatives who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, he/she might qualify under one of the employment-based categories. Currently the Immigration & Nationality Act sets an annual limit of 143,949 immigrant "preference" numbers for employment-based categories. The per-country limit for preference immigrants is now 25,896. Keep in mind, though, the government can change these numbers. It is important to discuss your case with a knowledgeable lawyer who can provide advice based strictly on your unique situation.

Employment-Based Permanent Residency

Generally, permanent residency is a three-phase process. They are:

  • Phase one: Labor certification (PERM) (individual may be exempt from this step in certain cases)
  • Phase two: Immigrant petition (I-140)
  • Phase three: Adjustment of status, green card application (I-485)

Preference categories, similar to family-based immigration, might be complex. The five employment-based preference categories are:

  • First preference: Extraordinary ability,* outstanding professors* and researchers,* managers and executives of multinational corporations
  • Second preference: Professionals with advanced degrees, exceptional ability Schedule A, national interest waiver*
  • Third preference: Professionals with bachelor's degrees, skilled workers (two years' training or work experience), other workers (unskilled)
  • Fourth preference: Special immigrants (religious workers)
  • Fifth preference: Immigrant investors

While this information might seem complex at first, our immigration attorneys focus all of their attention on helping clients face these matters. We can provide honest answers and strong representation no matter the complexity of your situation. With an office based in Houston, we can help clients throughout Texas. Call or email us to schedule a time to discuss your goals. Se habla español.

*No labor certification required