Options for Immigration to the United States
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Hello, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer and Founder of visaplace.com. Today, I’m going to talk to you about options for immigrating to the United States.
Knowing Your Options for Immigration to the United States
There are a lot of different options, and I will try to outline them for you. We have a U.S. visa team who handles all our U.S. immigration cases.
One of the main options is the family petition. If you have family members in United States, for example, a spouse, a close relative like a parent or a sister or brother, there’s a possibility that they, if they are American citizen, could potentially sponsor you for permanent residence. In some cases, even if they’re a Green Card holder, they can do that as well. However, for Green Card holders, the process typically is much, much longer. Now, there’s a lot of different criteria to qualify to file a spousal petition including a petitioner’s income and among other issues. But one main way is through the family petition category.
The other is employment-based immigration where you either have a job offer or you have special skills that would enable you to work in United States. Employment-based program, usually, is dependent on an employer in the U.S. who is willing to sponsor you. Now, there’s also the investment route as well, where if you make a substantial investment in United States – we call that the EB-5 program – you can apply for a Green Card directly. The process could be somewhat lengthy and requires a lot of capital to do that in a high net worth. But we handle a lot of those EB-5 cases for individuals who qualify.
Now other routes to immigration to Canada could begin on the temporary side. What I mean by that is if you have a job offer and an employer’s willing to sponsor you for a temporary work permit, for example, under the H-1B category, if you’re a specialty, if it’s a specialty occupation, and you can work in United States under the H-1B category, there’s a possibility that the employer can apply for what is called adjustment of status and sponsor you for a Green Card after a certain period of you working for that employer on the H-1B.
There’s also the L-1 visa which enables you to be transferred into a U.S. company from your foreign company and, ultimately, the U.S. company could sponsor you for a Green Card down the road and adjust your status.
We Can Help Pursue Your Options for Immigration to the United States
Not to get overly complicated, but the point is there are different routes to follow or options for you for immigration to the United States. If you have any more questions about this, feel free to go to our website at www.visaplace.com. Thank you and have a great day.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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