Houston Employment-Based Green Card Attorneys
Competent & Reliable U.S. Immigration Counsel
One way to live and work in the United States as a foreign national is to obtain an employment-based green card. A green card gives you official immigrant status in the U.S., entitles you to certain rights and responsibilities, and can provide you with the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen after five years.
At Davis & Associates, our passion is to help people from all over the world pursue their dreams in America. Our Houston employment-based green card lawyers can help ensure that you are eligible for the type of visa you are applying for and make the application process as simple as possible.
How to Apply for an Employment-Based Green Card
If you wish to become a resident of the United States through employment-based sponsorship, you will need to complete the application process. The path to obtaining a green card can be lengthy and complicated.
The application process involves:
- Determining if you are eligible for a green card
- Choosing which preference category to apply for
- Submitting Form I-140 Immigration Petition
- Filing Form I-485 and supporting documents and fees with USCIS
- Waiting for USCIS to review your application
- Attending an interview
Upon approval, your green card will be good for 10 years, after which time you may apply for a renewal. Due to the high number of applicants and long wait times, you will want to begin the process of applying for a green card as soon as possible.
During that process, the employer must recruit for the position as though it were available to the public. If all applicants who respond to the job offer through the recruitment process were legally disqualified, the application is sent to the Department of Labor for consideration. Then if approved, the company can continue with the actual green card verification for the person being sponsored.
There are some exceptions to the labor certification requirement.
- People of spectacular ability who have obtained international recognition or acclaim for the work that they do, world-class professors or and researchers, and multinational managers or executives can file petitions for permanent residence with the U.S. immigration authorities (USCIS) without a labor certification.
- Also, there are three occupations that are pre-certified as being in labor shortage in the United States– registered nurse, occupational and physical therapists, and sheepherders.
- In addition, there is a waiver to the labor certification requirement for job offers that do not lend themselves to the labor certification process called a national interest waiver.
These petitions demand that the position itself be in the national interest (for example cancer or Alzheimer’s research positions) and that the person seeking to fill the position itself be in the national interest.
Work with Us from the Start
Our Houston employment-based green card attorneys can play an integral role in helping you obtain your residency permit quickly and efficiently. We have handled thousands of immigration cases and have over 60 years of combined experience. When you entrust your case to us, you can find peace of mind knowing that there are no immigration cases that our team cannot handle.
For experienced legal counsel, turn to Davis & Associates. Reach out to us today at (832) 720-7112.