Trusted Tampa Attorney Focuses On Employment-Based Immigration
Reputable Florida law firm helps businesses and workers with visa issues
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Midway through our third century, we still rely on the talents and industry of immigrants for the innovation, research and development and essential labor that keeps our economy moving. An employment-based visa petition is a path toward obtaining legal permanent resident status — also known as a green card — through sponsorship by a U.S. company. If you are seeking U.S. lawful permanent resident status based on an offer of employment or if you are a Tampa-area employer wishing to sponsor a worker, Mark Weiner Law can deliver step-by-step guidance directed toward your goals.
Informed lawyer explains U.S. policy towards foreign workers
U.S. immigration law attempts to balance the needs of attracting essential workers and ensuring that qualified U.S. workers are not disadvantaged. A hopeful immigrant must craft a petition in recognition of that two-fold policy. With more than 30 years of experience practicing immigration law, our firm understands how the immigration bureaucracy enforces those concerns. We take careful measures to build a strong petition that demonstrates the incoming worker’s value to the sponsoring employer and to the U.S. economy at large.
Experienced attorney outlines employment-based visa filing requirements
Employment-based visa petitions must meet exacting requirements and be supported by documentary evidence. Our law firm can review the strength of your qualifications and offer an opinion as to your eligibility. We can also help you use your professional record and skill set to your advantage.
Applying for an employment-based visa is a multi-step process that includes:
- Determining the appropriate immigration category — There are five tiers of employment-based (EB) visas, from the first-preference EB-1 to the fourth-preference EB-4. It is important that you apply under the category that best fits your circumstances and qualifications.
- Labor certification — The intended employer or agent of an EB-2, EB-3 or EB-4 immigrant must obtain a certification from the Department of Labor that there are insufficient U.S. workers available for the job at hand. An EB-2 applicant claiming their U.S. employment would greatly benefit the country may seek a National Interest Waiver of the labor certification requirement.
- Compiling the evidence — Generally, multiple pages of documentation will be needed to establish that the foreign worker meets eligibility criteria. The evidence should be organized and presented in a way that is easy for an immigration officer to understand.
- Filing the petition — Once any necessary labor certification is obtained and the case is compiled, the employer or individual petitioner files a Form I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Defending the petition — USCIS or another government agency may question the validity of evidence or claim that a foreign worker is not eligible for the requested visa. Our law firm responds to requests for evidence, defends against claims of misrepresentation of materials facts or fraud and defends employers against sanctions.
Clients rely on us for our communicative service and creative problem-solving efforts. In addition to employment-based visa applications, we help with nonimmigrant, I-129 petitions for temporary worker status as well as other business-based immigration applications.
Established firm responds to accusations of immigration violations
Penalties for violating immigration laws can be severe, including heavy fines for employers and lifetime bans from entering the United States for immigrants convicted of misrepresenting material facts. We understand what is necessary to mount a successful defense against charges of improper employment or work practices, including:
- Illegal entry to the U.S.
- Visa overstay
- Fraudulent petitions
- I-9 violations
Our firm is vigorous and meticulous when defending against alleged violations. We have obtained favorable outcomes for many clients.
Contact a committed Florida employment-based immigration lawyer for a free consultation
Located in Tampa, Florida and practicing immigration law throughout the surrounding areas, Mark Weiner Law handles employment-based immigration petitions with skill and confidence. To schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, call 813-388-3045 or contact us online.