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- What are some of the ways I can hire a high-level worker from a foreign country?
- Can a foreign student who is graduating from an American school stay in the United States and work?
- How hard is it for a foreign national who is an executive for a multinational corporation to come work in the United States for the same company?
- What are some grounds for inadmissibility?
- What are grounds for removal from the Unites States?
- What are the terms of a fiancé/ fiancée visa?
Our attorneys have more than 75 combined years of experience, so you can rely on our knowledge and background as you pursue your goals within the U.S. immigration system.
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If you want to hire a foreign professional on a temporary basis, you can have that person apply for a visa as an H1B professional worker, an L-1 multinational transferee or as an O-1 extraordinary ability worker. Such workers can later apply to become permanent residents through labor certification or the EB-1 and EB-2 visa programs.
F-1 students who are completing their academic studies can apply for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permit good for 12 months. Students with STEM degrees whose employers use the E-Verify system can apply for an additional 24-month work permit.
The person whom the question describes is an Intracompany Transferee, who can enter and work with an L-1 visa. The employee must be a manager, an executive, or a person with “specialized knowledge,” who has worked outside the United States for a foreign company related corporately to a U.S. company for at least a year. The employee must be entering the country to assume a comparable position and is immediately eligible for permanent resident status.
A foreign national can be ruled inadmissible for immigration to the United States for a variety of reasons including: health, criminal concerns, national security concerns, the likelihood the immigrant would become a “public charge,” fraud or misrepresentation on a visa application, and prior removals from the United States. However, it is possible sometimes for an individual to obtain a waiver of the inadmissibility if there are mitigating circumstances.
A foreign national can be removed (deported) from the United States for a variety of administrative and criminal violations. These include violating travel or documentation restrictions, having been inadmissible at the time of entry, attempting to smuggle a person into the country, marriage fraud, failing to register as a sex offender, engagement in terrorist activity, or conviction of the following offenses: a crime of moral turpitude, aggravated felony, high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint, drug crime, weapons offense, espionage, domestic violence, or child abuse, neglect or abandonment.
A U.S. citizen wishing to marry a foreign person can bring their fiancé to the United States as a “fiancé” with a K-1 visa or as a “spouse” through a marriage-based application. Both parties must be free to marry, and must intend to marry within 90 days of the fiancé’s arrival in the United States. They must have seen each other in person at least once within two years of the application. Upon entry, the fiancé is immediately eligible to work in the United States. Then the foreign spouse may apply for permanent resident (green card) status.