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This is how you can work your way to a Green Card in San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 17% of the American workforce is foreign-born. If you have special skills or are highly qualified in a field, you can start a new career and a new life in the US. And you can use employment-based immigration to obtain permanent legal residence in Texas, with the possibility of becoming naturalized within a few years.

Skilled foreign workers are always welcome, but you will need a good San Antonio Green Card lawyer and a lot of patience. 

The main three employment-based Green Card categories

There are three major types of employment-based immigrant visas available to skilled foreign nationals:

EB-1 Green Card for people with extraordinary achievements

The EB-1 category is also known as the first preference employment-based immigrant visa and is open to professionals with extraordinary achievements in their fields, as well as to outstanding researchers and professors. The requirements for EB-1 are very strict and only relatively few applicants qualify for it. This is unfortunate as EB-1 usually has the shortest processing times and you don’t necessarily need to be sponsored by a US employer, although having one certainly won’t hurt. 

EB-2 Green Card for people with exceptional abilities or advanced degrees

The EB-2, often referred to as second preference employment-based Green Card, is for foreign nationals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business, or art. If you’re such a professional you may qualify for a National Interest Waiver (NIW), which allows you to bypass the PERM Labor Certification requirements. That is to say that, if you have special abilities it is in the country’s best interest to allow you to come to the US without having to prove that there are no willing and qualified American workers to fill in the specific position you’re looking for.

However, you should talk with a seasoned employment-based immigration attorney in Texas to see whether you should apply for the NIW or go through the regular EB-2 process. The NIW means less bureaucracy, but the waiting time may be longer.

EB-3 Green Card for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers

The EB-3 is a broad category, open to a wide range of applicants and the requirements are easier to meet. For instance, to qualify as a skilled worker, you must prove that you have at least two years of work experience or training for the job you are applying for. Foreign nationals applying for EB-3 must have at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree or a foreign equivalent in their field.

The term ‘other workers’ is used to describe mostly unskilled workers who can demonstrate the ability to perform unskilled work. This does not refer to seasonal work. 

 To qualify for EB-3 you must have a job offer from an American employer and go through PERM Labor Certification. As this means more bureaucracy, the waiting time is longer than for the EB-1 and EB-2 categories. 

Why do I need an immigration lawyer in Texas?

You don’t need an immigration lawyer, but it is in your best interests to get one if you want to get to Texas before you reach retirement age. Due to the Covid pandemic, there’s a huge backlog of cases. According to the latest reports, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had 1.4 million employment-based immigration cases winding their way through the system in 2021.

What this means for you is that you cannot afford to make any mistakes when you file your forms and the supporting documents. Any mistake can result in you having to start over and this is something you want to avoid at all costs. 

If you’re planning to start a new career San Antonio and or you want to help a foreign professional to get a Green Card and come to Texas, seek legal advice from a local lawyer with many years of expertise in this field at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen

Contact info: Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen

San Antonio, TX

206 East Locust Street

San Antonio, TX 78212

Phone: (210) 769-3273

 

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