Immigration And Employment Solutions For Clients Across The Country
Employment-Based Permanent Residency
Depending on the occupation and employee qualifications, Deason Law, PC can help employers determine the most appropriate category for sponsoring the permanent residency (green card) of their valued foreign national employees. Most green card applications require a labor market test to ensure U.S. workers are not negatively impacted by the permanent employment of a foreign national. In these cases, we guide clients through the legally complex PERM labor certification process.
Whenever possible, our team helps clients pursue immigration options that do not require PERM labor certification, including permanent residency based on an individual’s extraordinary ability, status as a multinational executive/manager, or the positive impact to the U.S. national interest (national interest waiver).
Representing Employers with Many Green Card Situations
Our typical employment-based green card services include:
- Recommending the most suitable immigration category for the green card sponsorship of an employer’s foreign national employee.
- Advising individuals if they qualify for EB-1 or National Interest Waivers
- Preparing and appealing adverse prevailing wage determinations issued by the Department of Labor
- Responding to PERM audits
- Helping employers to file green card applications for Schedule A sheepherders and physical therapists
- Helping religious institutions to sponsor their R-1 religious employees for permanent residency
- Preparation of Form I-140 corporate visa petitions and Form I-485 adjustment of status petitions for the sponsored employee and family members.
Regardless of your type of business or industry, our legal team can assist your company navigate through the complicated regulatory procedures for labor certification and permanent residency petitions for key employees.
Pursuing Permanent Residency Through Investment
Our legal team can provide counsel to foreign investors who seek to invest substantial capital in exchange for lawful permanent residency under the EB-5 program. Each investor who meets the EB-5 requirements will be rewarded with Conditional Permanent Residency for a two-year period and then Permanent Residency.
Currently, the EB-5 program requires a minimum investment of $1.8 million in a new commercial enterprise that creates or preserves full-time employment for at least 10 U.S. workers (not independent contractors). Each investor must individually meet the 10 jobs requirement independently of other investors.
An investor may spend less in investment capital if he or she invests in a Targeted Employment Area, which is generally considered an area that is experiencing unemployment of at least 150 percent of the national average. The minimum qualifying investment, in this case, is $900,000. The investor may also invest $900,000 in one of many Immigrant Investor Regional Centers, which are typically located in Targeted Employment Areas for which the government has pre-certified that the qualifying investments will create the necessary 10 jobs per investor.
With locations in Texas and California, Deason Law, PC has local presence in two important U.S. markets and can help investors to consider their investment goals and remain in compliance with immigration and employment laws.