MARJORIE J. SIEGEL,  attorney-at-law

60 east 42nd street, 47th floor      new york, ny 10165      tel. (212) 370-0103      fax (212) 370-0250     email:  margielaw@att.net

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Immigration - For the Prospective Employee


Marjorie Siegel and her staff are able to assist both the employer and the employee in obtaining the visas requisite to employment in the United States. If you require direct, personal assistance of this kind, don't hesitate to contact us.

H and L visas are granted to an employee after approval of a petition submitted to the USCIS by the employer. H1B visas apply to specialty occupations and are intended for professionals holding at least a B.A. degree (or its equivalent). The H1B allows an employee to work in the United States for up to six years, and during that time he or she may apply for a green card conferring lawful permanent residency status.

Other H visas are the H1C for registered nurses, the H2B for non-agricultural workers, and the H3 for trainees. L visas are for executives, managers and other employees of foreign-based companies with essential, specialized knowledge who require transfer to a United States parent company, subsidiary, affiliate or branch office.

Aside from the H and L visas, there are numerous special visa categories, for instance the O-1 visa for persons of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, business, or architecture; P-1, P-2, and P-3 visas for certain types of performers and athletes; and the TN visa specifically for citizens of Canada and Mexico, as provided by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

A new category of visa is the E-3. This visa is for Australian nationals who work in specialty occupations in the United States, and has numerous advantages over other types of working visas, including the ability of spouses of E-3 recipients to apply for work authorization. For further information click here.

Marjorie and her staff will help determine which category is most suitable for you, will coordinate between you and the employer as needed, will prepare all the paperwork and documents required by the USCIS, and will keep you informed of day-to-day changes in the relevant laws, rules and regulations.


See also
Green Card

 

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