U.S. Management Immigration Lawyers for National and International Clients
Are you a California-based, national or international business owner seeking information or legal advice about employment-based immigration, including EB-1 green cards for immigrants who are considered "upper management" or employed by multinational businesses?
I am Steven F. Swanson of the experienced Swanson & Swanson immigration law offices in Los Angeles. Our exclusive interest in immigration can be traced to the beginning of our founder Otto F. Swanson's tenure with the Immigration Service in 1954.
Since then, our skilled attorneys have successfully handled a wide variety of employment-based immigration matters, including those related to immigrants with upper management status or who work for multinational businesses.
To speak to a knowledgeable immigration attorney about employment-based immigration matters, including immigrants who are upper management or employed by multinational businesses, or to discuss your own specific situation, call Swanson & Swanson at 310-694-5914.
Effective Employment-Based Immigration Legal Assistance for Almost 60 Years
The EB-1(c) green card is reserved for managerial or executive employees, or employee-owners of businesses with operations in both the United States and abroad.
The purpose of the immigrant classification is to permit the employee to carry out the same or similar function at the U.S. "branch office."
A branch office may be a subsidiary or an affiliated organization. The businesses may be corporate, joint ventures, or comprised of sole proprietorships or partnerships.
As for the character of business conducted at the branch office and the foreign location, the activities do not have to be the same.
Petitions for immigrant classifications of this character do not require a labor certification. All that is required is documentation of the:
- Existence of a U.S. and foreign-based operation of at least one year in duration
- Appropriate ownership and control of both operations, one to another
- Employee's employment in a managerial or executive capacity abroad one year out of the past three
- Intention to employ that individual in a similar capacity at the United States branch office
"Employment in the past three years" encompasses employment that occurred in one out of the three years from either the date the petition for immigrant classification is to be filed, or from the date the employee last came to the U.S. branch office to work as a nonimmigrant H-1B, E-1, E-2 or L-1A.
An individual with this immigrant preference classification is entitled to immigrate in the order of the date the petition is filed — the priority date — and as soon as an immigrant visa is available. Immigrant visa availability is a function of the number of visas available in any given year, the number of petitions already on file for the particular preference classification and the country of birth of the applicant or his or her spouse.
Our lawyers can tell you more about immigration for management employees. Contact us for honest answers to your questions and realistic assessments of your business immigration goals.
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