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Immigration Law for Businesses

Immigration Law

Immigration Law for Businesses

Helping Ohio businesses obtain work permits for foreign nationals. Experienced handling of all employment-based immigration matters.

There are valid reasons American businesses may want to employ non-citizens. Dworken & Bernstein’s immigration law attorneys can assist businesses in obtaining employment-based immigrant visas.

Services include the processing of work visas for all types of employees, including seasonal and agricultural workers, H-1B or “specialty occupations”, academics, and medical professionals.

Applications can be processed both for workers already in the United States who wish to change or adjust their status as well as for those potential applicants outside of the country wishing to work through a United States consulate in what is known as a consular process.

Employment-based immigration services can be provided for both temporary and permanent employees as well as visas for intracompany transferees and foreign investors and entrepreneurs. Representation and assistance with I-9 compliance and audits is also provided.

To begin the process, reach out to Dworken & Bernstein for an informative initial consultation. For a quick answer to frequently asked questions about legal immigration, see below.

For knowledgeable, comprehensive service in obtaining employment-based immigrant visas, speak to one of the immigration lawyers at Dworken & Bernstein.

Frequently Asked Questions About Immigration Law For Businesses


How can foreign nationals obtain permission to work in the United States?

A: There are many different ways for foreign nationals to get authorization to work in the United States.

  • H-2A and H-2B visas can be issued for temporary and agricultural workers.
  • For those who have bachelor’s degrees, H-1B visas may be available for “specialty occupation” work.
  • Foreign workers can also obtain L visas to work for an associate or affiliate office in the United States.
  • Permission to work in the United States can also be obtained by an employer sponsored green card application or incident to status in another visa category.

How can a foreign national get a green card?

A: There are several paths to obtain permanent residence or “green card” status in the United States.

  • Family members who are US citizens or permanent residents can file an immigrant petition or “I-130” so that their foreign national relative may obtain a green card.
  • Employers can file immigrant petitions for sponsored employees to obtain permanent residence.
  • Refugees and asylees may obtain green cards after a certain amount of time in the United States.
  • Thousands of people every year obtain permanent residence through the Diversity Visa Lottery, which is offered through the Department of State.
  • Green cards can be obtained for applicants of the “EB-5” program, which grants permanent residents to investors who create new jobs.

How can an employer help an employee get a green card?

A: The employment-based green card process has a number of steps.

  • First, the employer must conduct defined recruitment steps in an attempt to employ any willing and able United States workers.
  • Next, the employer must file a PERM application to obtain certification from the Department of Labor that there are no willing and able United States citizen or permanent resident applicants for the position.
  • Following the labor certification process, the employer must file an I-140 Immigrant Petition on behalf of the worker, which, if approved, the worker can then use to obtain a green card when a visa is available.

How can I help my employee get his green card?

A: The employment-based green card process begins with the PERM application, which is a certification from the Department of Labor that there are no willing and able United States citizen or permanent resident applicants for the position. Prior to obtaining this certification, the employer must conduct defined recruitment steps in an attempt to employ any willing and able United States workers. Following the labor certification process, the employer must file an I-140 Immigrant Petition on behalf of the worker which, if approved, the worker can then use to obtain his or her green card when a visa is available.

Dworken & Bernstein can assist businesses to remain in compliance with United States immigration laws while employing non-US citizens.


Immigration Law Attorney

Kim Alabasi, Of Counsel

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