Helm Immigration can provide assistance to individuals seeking non-immigrant visas to visit the United States for business or pleasure, attend school or participate in an exchange program, invest in a new or existing business, or engage in temporary work.
We also assist individuals with immigrant visas, those who want to become permanent residents (“green card” holders) of the United States through a relationship with a qualifying family member, a job offer, or an investment.
Non-immigrant visas are issued to those who intend to enter the US for a temporary stay and who intend to depart the US at the end of their stay.
US law establishes separate classifications of non-immigrant visas for tourism, business, temporary employment, study, transit, investment, training, and other purposes.
Available for employees who have been employed by a multinational company abroad that seeks to open new business operations in the United States or transfer the employee to an existing business that is related to the company abroad
Other categories of visas are available depending upon individual/corporate needs
Immigrant visas are issued to those who intend to reside permanently in the US (“Green Card” holders). Under US law, immigrant visas are generally reserved for individuals who are close relatives of either US citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) in the United States, or for people hired to work in jobs in which it has been determined that there are not enough skilled Americans to perform.
Foreign nationals who are skilled or educated and who have job offers have the possibility of immigrating to the United States. Typically, the prospective employer must first obtain a labor certification and approval of a petition. An approved Labor Certification (LC) is a document issued by the US Department of Labor (DOL) certifying that: (1) An employer needs the foreign worker’s skills and abilities; (2) The employer has tried to recruit US workers for the position; (3) The employer has offered the position at the normal or prevailing wage; and (4) The employer has found no qualified workers.
The US Congress created the EB-5 immigrant visa category in 1990 for immigrants seeking to enter to engage in a commercial enterprise that will benefit the US economy and create at least 10 full-time jobs. The basic amount required to invest is $1.8 million, although that amount may be $900,000 if the investment is made in a “targeted employment area.”
US immigration laws provide a method for a US citizen or LPR to sponsor the immigration of a family member abroad. The length of time required to complete the process depends on the relationship of the family members, whether the sponsor is a US citizen or an LPR, and, sometimes, the country where the family member is located.