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For foreign nationals and U.S.-based companies seeking to hiring non-U.S. citizens in New Jersey, dealing with the federal immigration system presents a number of challenges. As a non-U.S. citizen, what type of visa do you need in order to work in the United States? Can you obtain a visa that also puts you on the path to becoming a lawful permanent resident (and ultimately a U.S. citizen)? As an employer, what do you need to do before hiring a foreign national, and what are the risks of non-compliance? These are all important questions that an experienced New Jersey immigration lawyer can help you answer.
At Helmer, Conley and Kasselman, P.A., our immigration lawyers represent foreign nationals and domestic companies in employment-related immigration matters throughout New Jersey. If you are moving to the United States to work, or if you are currently in the U.S. and need legal advice regarding your visa status, our attorneys can explain everything you need to know and guide you through the process of obtaining a visa, renewing your visa or obtaining an adjustment of status. If you are a New Jersey-based employer, we can assist you with obtaining labor certifications from the U.S. Secretary of Labor, and we can help you ensure that all of your employees are fully documented and authorized to work in the United States.
If you are a foreign national and you are seeking to work in New Jersey, the first step is to apply for an appropriate visa from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). There are several different employment-based visas, each with its own eligibility criteria, requirements and terms of employment. These employment-based visas broadly fall into two categories: temporary and permanent. However, some can also be used as dual-intent visas for individuals who wish to work in the U.S. temporarily without jeopardizing their eligibility to apply for a green card in the future.
Our New Jersey immigration lawyers assist non-U.S. citizens with applying for all types of employment-based visas, including:
From accurately completing Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, when seeking temporary employment to demonstrating extraordinary ability when applying for a permanent EB-1 visa, there are numerous complexities involved in securing the privilege to reside in the United States for purposes of employment. Our immigration lawyers can help you every step of the way, from choosing the right type of visa and submitting the necessary documentation to USCIS to applying for a green card and, eventually, naturalization.
If you are a student at a New Jersey college or university, or if you are planning to enroll in school and work during your studies, you may need an academic or vocational student visa. In addition to the visas listed above, our immigration lawyers also help non-U.S. students and their family members apply for visas including:
New Jersey has a large population of foreign nationals, and many companies in the state may find it advantageous, or even necessary, to open their job opportunities to non-U.S. citizens. While hiring a foreign national who is already a lawful permanent resident is a fairly straightforward process (although you must comply with USCIS’s employment verification requirements), the process of hiring a non-resident foreign national starts with filing a petition (or “sponsoring”) your prospective employee and obtaining an appropriate labor certification. Among other requirements, for permanent workers, this involves, “verifying that there are an insufficient number of available, qualified, and willing U.S. workers
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.