Skilled Tampa Immigration Lawyer Helps With Business-Based Visas
Respected Florida attorney helps employers seek work authorization
If you are interested in hiring an employee from overseas and have concerns about navigating the complex U.S. immigration laws, it is time to speak to an experienced attorney. Based in Tampa, Florida, Mark Weiner Law advises U.S. employers in a wide range of industries on immigration issues. Our services are efficient and personal, with a focus on engineering solutions that allow U.S. organizations to efficiently recruit the overseas talent they need with a minimum of procedural hurdles.
Experienced legal advisor outlines options for temporary employment visas
Our firm has a proven record of success helping businesses secure nonimmigrant visas for temporary employees. We offer guidance and representation in the areas of:
- H-1B visas — These are made available to foreign individuals who intend to perform services in a specialty occupation. An H-1B worker can be admitted to the U.S. for up to six years. Visas in this category are subject to an annual cap of 65,000, although certain exemptions are possible.
- E-1 and E-2 visas — E visas are available to individuals from countries with which the U.S. maintains treaties of commerce and navigation. An E-1 visa holder may enter the U.S. solely to engage in international trade on his or her own behalf. An E-2 visa holder may enter to oversee investment of a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business.
- H-2B visas — H-2B visas are for temporary or seasonal workers in positions for which there are not enough qualified, willing U.S. workers. The H-2B visa allows a maximum stay of three years.
- L-1A and L-1B visas — L visas are for certain high-level employee who are being transferred from a foreign branch of their company to a U.S. office. Managers and executives may be granted permission to stay in the U.S. for up to seven years while workers with specialized knowledge may be allowed up to five years.
- O-1 visas — O-1 visas are for individuals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, athletics or arts or of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry. An applicant may be approved to stay in the U.S. for up to three years.
- P visas — P-1 visas are available to internationally recognized athletes and group entertainers coming to the U.S. for specific events. P-3 visas are reserved for artists and entertainers entering the U.S. to be part of culturally unique programs.
- TN NAFTA visas — Citizens of Canada and Mexico who possess certain professional qualifications and who have prearranged full-time or part-time U.S. job offers may qualify for the TN visa, which allows for an initial stay of up to three years.
- F-1 visas — A student with an F-1 visa can receive Optional Practical Training authorization to gain work experience related to their education. OPT can last one or two years, depending on the student’s area of study.
- J-1 visas — Known as an exchange visitor, a J-1 visa holder may serve as an au-pair, camp counselor or intern and in certain other positions. A sponsoring individual or organization is required.
An applicant’s qualifications must closely match the eligibility criteria for the particular type of visa. Mistakes and omissions on an application can mean delays or even denial. That is why it is important to seek advice from an experienced immigration attorney.
We are dedicated to helping our clients advance smoothly through the complex application process. We also assist foreign national workers in pursuing legal permanent resident status (green cards) through employment-based immigration and investment-based immigration petitions.
Strategic Florida attorney assists with employer-compliance issues
Even if your business has just one employee, you are required to comply with the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provisions addressing employment eligibility, employment verification and nondiscrimination. An employer can face fines and even criminal penalties for hiring unauthorized workers or for failing to properly complete and retain an Employment Eligibility Verification Form, commonly known as an I-9. We thoroughly examine acceptable forms of documentation, confirm your employees’ eligibility to work in the United States and help you conduct self-audits of your I-9s to ensure they are accurate. Our firm can also guide you through proactive measures you can take against discrimination lawsuits arising from improperly handled I-9s.
Contact an experienced Tampa business-based immigration attorney for a free consultation
At Mark Weiner Law in Tampa, Florida, we guide U.S. employers and foreign workers through the process of obtaining U.S. work authorization. To schedule a free initial consultation with our office, call 813-388-3045 or contact us online.