¿COMO PODEMOS AYUDARTE?
Para muchos de nuestros clientes, el sueño americano significa trabajar y / o criar una familia en los Estados Unidos. Ayudamos a nuestros clientes a obtener visas, tarjetas verdes y ciudadanía. Además, trabajamos con inversores para desarrollar nuevos negocios en los Estados Unidos y obtener visas / tarjetas verdes para ellos y su personal a través de la inversión y el empleo.

INDIVIDUAL Y FAMILIA

 

Individuals and Family

B-1: Temporary Business Visitor Visa


For foreign workers participating in commercial or professional business activities in the US (i.e. consulting, conference attendance, negotiating a contract, or short-term training). Maximum stay: 6 months, with 6-month renewal. Cannot earn an income on this visa. No cap. No deadline. Learn more




B-2: Temporary Pleasure, Tourism or Medical Treatment Visitor Visa


Available to visitors interested in recreational or personal travel. Reasons for a personal visit may include tourism, visiting family and friends, medical treatment, social or service activities, and amateur participants in sporting or entertainment events. Visitors may stay in the US for 6 months, with an opportunity to extend their visit for another 6 months (1 year total). Learn more




F-1: Student Visa


​- Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to an F-1 student’s major area of study. Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorization before completing their academic studies (pre-completion) and/or after completing their academic studies (post-completion). However, all periods of pre-completion OPT will be deducted from the available period of post-completion OPT. Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Students are not required to immediately return home upon completion of their program on an F1 visa. Instead, F-1 visa holders can remain in the US for up to 60 days after completing their academic program or OPT training. Any students wishing to remain in the States after their program must change their visa status, re-enroll in a higher program, or have the option to transfer to a new school and receive new visa documents.




Green Card Based on Marriage


I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

  • Once a foreign spouse has received an approved I-130 (or if the spouse is already in the US), the foreign national can apply to Adjust Status to that of a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card application).
  • For purposes of a marriage-based Green Card, only a foreign spouse who is physically present in the United States can file an I-485 to apply for a Green Card. The processing time for I-485 applications filed by spouses of U.S. citizens is currently about 9-12 months.
  • The foreign national will also apply for work authorization (EAD card) and Advance Parole to have permission to leave the United States while the Adjustment of Status application is pending without abandoning the application.
I-130 - Petition for Alien Relative
  • Use this form if you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States who wants to petition for your spouse to immigrate to the United States with a Green Card.
  • For married couples that are both present in the United States, you will file the I-130 at the same time as the I-485 to Adjust Status to that of a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card application). Spouses who reside outside the United States may apply for a visa with the U.S. consulate in their home country through the I-130.
Form I-485 - Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Typically, relatives who reside outside the United States may apply for a visa with the U.S. Department of State. For more information, please see the form instructions.




German Citizenship Retention


Under the German Nationality Act “Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz”, the moment a German citizen acquires citizenship of another country, he or she loses German citizenship automatically because German law does not allow dual citizenship in this context. This means that if a US resident wishes to obtain US citizenship while retaining his or her German citizenship, the applicant must first petition the German government to allow the applicant to maintain his or her German citizenship. This requirement is unique to German citizens and provides an additional, preliminary step before the applicant may apply for US citizenship. Learn more




Citizenship/Naturalization


If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth. To become a citizen at birth, you must:

  • Have been born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; OR
  • Had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad) and meet other requirements

To become a citizen after birth, you must:

  • Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents

  • Apply for naturalization

    • You May Qualify for Naturalization if:

      • You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements, please visit our Path to Citizenship page for more information.

      • You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, please visit our Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens page for more information.

      • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements. Visit the Military section of our website.

      • Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.




K-1: Fiance Visa


A K-1 visa is issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a United States citizen to enter the United States with the intent to marry. The K-1 visa requires that the foreigner marry his or her U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days of entry, or else he or she must depart the United States. After marriage, the US citizen spouse can petition to Adjust Status to that of a Permanent Resident (apply for a Green Card)





Ayudamos a los miembros de la familia a reunirse y permanecer juntos en base a las relaciones de prometido, cónyuge, hermano o padre / hijo.

 
 

EMPLOYEE OR EMPLOYER

We help talented individuals and professionals work in the United States for a sponsoring employer, and prepare Green Card applications when applicable. Explore options for either an immigrant or non-immigrant employee.

Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

Employment-Based Non-Immigrant Visas

IMMIGRANT VISAS

 

Una "petición de visa de inmigrante" es una solicitud para obtener la residencia permanente o la "tarjeta verde". La petición puede ser presentada por (1) un empleador, (2) el Solicitante mismo o (3) por un miembro de la familia. Los “miembros de la familia” pueden ser: (1) un cónyuge ciudadano o residente permanente de EE. UU., (2) un hijo ciudadano de EE. UU. Mayor de 21 años, o (3) un padre ciudadano de EE. UU. En algunos casos, como el EB-1, un ciudadano extranjero puede "auto-petición" en su propio nombre si ella o ella puede

demostrar una habilidad excepcional en su profesión.


Una solicitud de inmigrante (Formulario I-140) primero debe ser aprobada por el USCIS antes de que el solicitante pueda dar el siguiente paso para Ajustar el Estado al Residente Permanente con el Formulario I-485. Una vez que se aprueba la solicitud I-140, los solicitantes que residen fuera de los Estados Unidos deben asistir a una entrevista en el extranjero en un consulado o embajada de los Estados Unidos. Si se aprueba la visa, será
colocado en el pasaporte y devuelto al Beneficiario dentro de una semana. La visa de inmigrante no es en sí misma una prueba de residencia permanente, sino que es simplemente la documentación necesaria para ingresar a los Estados Unidos como residente permanente. Una vez que el Beneficiario es inspeccionado por un oficial de inmigración en un puerto de entrada de EE. UU., El Beneficiario recibe un sello en la visa y la fecha de salida obligatoria en un formulario I-94. Una vez que el Beneficiario haya sido admitido en los EE. UU., El Beneficiario recibirá un
Tarjeta verde.


Los solicitantes que residen dentro de los Estados Unidos pueden presentar un formulario I-485 al USCIS para ajustar su estatus al de residente permanente. En este caso, en realidad no obtendrán una visa de inmigrante, sino que se les otorgará el estatus de inmigrante (residencia permanente), como lo demuestra una Tarjeta Verde.


Las tarjetas verdes son válidas por un período de 10 años. Una vez que un Beneficiario ha sido Residente Permanente durante 5 años, puede solicitar la Naturalización para convertirse en Ciudadano de los EE. UU. Si la Tarjeta Verde se obtuvo por matrimonio con un ciudadano estadounidense o residente permanente, el Beneficiario solo debe esperar 3 años antes de solicitar la Naturalización.

Frequently asked questions

Green Cards


are valid for a period of 10 years. Once a Beneficiary has been a Permanent Resident for 5 years, he or she can apply for Naturalization to become a U.S. Citizen. If the Green Card was obtained based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, the Beneficiary need only wait 3 years before applying for Naturalization.




EB-2: Professionals with Advanced Degrees or Persons with Exceptional Ability


The EB-2 employment-based permanent resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Advanced Degree,
  2. Exceptional Ability,
  3. and National Interest Waiver.
Advanced Degree For the Advanced Degree category, the foreign national must possess a Master’s or higher degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession and be employed in a position that would require such a degree. Generally, holders of employment-based (H-1B, O-1) or student visa (F-1) classifications will apply for this classification. Exceptional Ability The Exceptional Ability Category requires the foreign national to demonstrate that he or she has gained national or international recognition for past work in the arts, science, or business. The Applicant must also demonstrate that he or she will be employed in a position that requires his or her specific exceptional ability. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category, given the similarities of the two classifications. National Interest Waiver The National Interest Waiver category is substantially similar to the Exceptional Ability category described above. The one difference is that the foreign national, can request a waiver of the U.S. employer requirement by demonstrating that he or she will bring skills or talent that is highly beneficial to the U.S. Often, O-1 outstanding ability nonimmigrant classification holders will apply for this category based on the similarities of the two classifications, and because an employer is not required.




EB-3: Bachelor's Degree, Skilled, Unskilled Workers


  • While the EB-3 classification covers a variety of professional and unskilled categories, the primary category is the “professionals” category. This is reserved for individuals who possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree (or its equivalent) in a specific profession, and will be working in a position that requires such a degree.
  • While any nonimmigrant classification can be adjusted to this classification, the vast majority of nonimmigrant classification holders who apply for the EB-3 classification hold H-1B Specialty Occupation classifications. This is primarily due to the fact that both the H-1B and the EB-3 classifications have similar underlying requirements.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor’s Degree, such as those on the H-2B for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers, may apply for the EB-3 unskilled category.




EB-1: Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers/Professors, International Managers/Executive


is an employment-based Permanent Resident classification is reserved for individuals who fall into one of three categories:

  1. Extraordinary Ability
  2. Outstanding Professor or Researcher
  3. Multinational Manager or Executive.
The corresponding nonimmigrant classification that can lead to EB-1 Permanent Residence depends on the specific EB-1 category sought by the Applicant. However, none of these categories requires a nonimmigrant classification as a prerequisite because they can all be obtained by a qualifying foreign national outside the U.S. via consular processing. Extraordinary Ability: This is a self-petitioning category that does not require a prior nonimmigrant visa, but the most typical visas issued as a precursor to the EB-1 are the O-1A and O-1B visas for individuals with extraordinary ability. However, some nonimmigrant classifications do not permit Adjustment of Status in the US, including the Visa Waiver Program, K-1 fiancée classification, and J-1 visas that have a 2-year home country requirement. Outstanding Professor or Researcher: This is a category created specifically for leading academics. While most nonimmigrant classifications can be adjusted to this immigrant category, the most common types are academic or employment-based classifications, such as an F-1 student, H-1B “Specialty Occupation,” or O-1 Outstanding Ability visa. Multinational Executive or Manager: While most nonimmigrant classifications could be adjusted to this category, this is the one category under the EB-1 classification that has a specific corresponding non-immigrant classification--the L-1A Multinational Executive/Manager classification. In order to qualify for the EB-1-3, the applicant must demonstrate executive or managerial employment abroad with a qualifying entity for at least one year in the past three years.





VISAS DE NO INMIGRANTE

 

Una visa de no inmigrante es una clasificación de inmigración temporal por un período específico de tiempo. Es emitido por un consulado o embajada de los Estados Unidos, y permite que un ciudadano extranjero ingrese a los Estados Unidos por un período de tiempo determinado y temporal para participar en una actividad específica. Los ejemplos de visas de no inmigrante incluyen: Visas de visitante B-1 / B-2, Visas de “ocupación especial” H-1B, L-1A
Visas para ejecutivos / gerentes multinacionales, visas TN "profesionales" para ciudadanos de Canadá y México, visas E-3 para ciudadanos de Australia y visas de estudiante F-1.


Ciertas visas de no inmigrante, como las visas de empleo, requieren que un empleador con sede en EE. UU. Primero presente una petición de no inmigrante (Formulario I-129) ante el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS). Una vez que se aprueba una petición, el beneficiario extranjero puede solicitar la visa de no inmigrante en un consulado o embajada de los EE. UU., O un cambio de estado si ya reside en los EE. UU. En un estado de inmigración válido.

Frequently asked questions

B-1: Temporary Business Visitor Visa


For foreign workers participating in commercial or professional business activities in the US (i.e. consulting, conference attendance, negotiating a contract, or short-term training). Maximum stay: 6 months, with 6-month renewal. Cannot earn an income on this visa. No cap. No deadline. Learn more




E-3: Certain Specialty Occupation Professionals from Australia


For nationals of the Australia. Requires US job offer in a professional “specialty occupation” and a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Valid up to 2 years with indefinite extensions. More information




ESTA: Electronic System for Travel Authorization


  • ESTA is not a visa. It does not meet the legal requirements to serve in lieu of a U.S. visa when a visa is required. Travelers that possess a valid U.S. visa may travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose it was issued. Travelers traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA. In the same way that a valid visa does not guarantee admission to the United States, an approved ESTA is not a guarantee of admission to the United States.
  • According to UCSIS, ESTA is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk. ESTA approval authorizes a traveler to board a carrier for travel to the United States under the VWP. Private carriers must be a signatory visa waiver program carrier. CBP recommends that you apply for ESTA at the time you book your travel, but no less than 72 hours prior to boarding.
  • ESTA became mandatory January 12, 2009. VWP applicants are required to complete a blue Customs declaration upon arrival in the U.S. whether or not they have an ESTA authorization. VWP travelers are no longer required to complete the green I-94W card.
  • Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and multiple trips to the United States without the traveler having to re-apply for another ESTA. When traveling to the U.S. with the approved ESTA, you may only stay for up to 90 days at a time - and there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits so that the CBP Officer does not think you are trying to live here. There is no set requirement for how long you must wait between visits.
  • Travelers whose ESTA applications are approved, but whose passports will expire in less than two years, will receive an ESTA valid until the passport's expiration date.




H-1B: Visas for Temporary Workers


For foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. Initial Stay: 3 years, with 3-year renewal. Availability: 85,000 visas annually, subject to lottery. Each year, apply March 1st to commence work in October. Requires job offer from a US employer + US Bachelor’s degree/foreign equivalent. Employer may sponsor employee for Green Card. Special H-1B1 for Chilean & Singaporean citizens. Learn more or watch




H-2B: Temporary non-agricultural workers


Allows U.S. employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs in the landscaping, hospitality, retail, and service industries. Involves a multi-step process, which requires employer to submit temporary labor application, obtain a prevailing wage, and submit a petition to USCIS. Selected employees will interview at a consulate in their home country and can be reimbursed for travel expenses. Applicants apply in October or April at a U.S. Consulate or embassy. Spouse and unmarried children may also seek admission but cannot work while in the U.S. Capped at 66,000 per fiscal year. Max stay: 3 years. Subject to the lottery. More information




J-1: Exchange Visitors


For cultural exchange visitors, scholars, and professors participating in exchange programs designated by the Department of State. Will work for “host” organization and be sponsored by third-party “sponsor.” Subject to a 2-year home country foreign residency requirement; involves specialized knowledge or skills or graduate medical training. No cap. Maximum stay: Depends on the exchange program. More information




L-1A: Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager


Enables a US employer to transfer an Executive or Manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the US. Maximum stay: 1 year to establish new office. All other qualified employees: initial 3-year stay + 2-year extensions, up to 7 years. Must show applicant worked for the company outside of the US for 1 continuous year out of last 3 years. No cap. No deadline. Eligible for Premium Processing (15-day application review) and Green Card. Learn more or watch




L-1B: Intracompany Transferee Specialized Knowledge


Enables a US employer to transfer a professional employee with specialized knowledge of organization’s product, service, research, equipment, techniques, or management, or organization’s processes and procedures to new or existing US office. Maximum Stay: 1 year to establish new office/all others: initial stay of 3 years; renewal of 1-2 years (max 5 years). Employer may sponsor for Green Card. Learn more




TN NAFTA Professionals


The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Permits Canadian & Mexican citizens to engage in business activities for qualified professions. Requires proof of Canadian or Mexican citizenship, job offer letter from employer, credentials evaluation, and applicable fees. Must be renewed every three years; can be renewed indefinitely as long as the employee qualifies for the visa. Learn more




O-1: Visa for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement


The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for an individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry, and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements. The O nonimmigrant classification is commonly referred to as:

  • O-1A: individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry)
  • O-1B: individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry
  • O-2: individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.
  • O-3: individuals who are the spouse or children of O-1’s and O-2’s





 

INVERSOR O EMPRENDEDOR

Asistimos a los empresarios mientras visitan los EE. UU. Para investigar el mercado, ayudar con la configuración corporativa y preparar solicitudes de visa para dueños de negocios de negocios nuevos o existentes.

Business and Entrepreneurs

E-1: Treaty Traders


Allows a national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States solely to engage in international trade on his or her own behalf. Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification. Allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. Requests for extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to two years each. There is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-1 nonimmigrant may be granted.




B-2: Temporary Pleasure, Tourism or Medical Treatment Visitor Visa


Available to visitors interested in recreational or personal travel. Reasons for a personal visit may include tourism, visiting family and friends, medical treatment, social or service activities, and amateur participants in sporting or entertainment events. Visitors may stay in the US for 6 months, with an opportunity to extend their visit for another 6 months (1 year total). Learn more




E-2: Treaty Investors


Nationals of countries that maintain a treaty with the US and who invest a “substantial” amount of capital in a bona fide US enterprise, while controlling at least 50% interest. Maximum stay: 1-5 years with unlimited renewals for sustainable businesses. Key employees eligible for visa. Requires: viable business plan, US job creation, and average minimum investment of $100,000+. Visit here for a list of Treaty eligible countries. No cap. No deadline. Interview at consulate. Learn more or watch here




EB-5: Immigrant Investor Visa


Available to foreign nationals who invest $500,000* in a "Targeted Employment Area” (high unemployment or rural area) or Regional Center in the US. For direct investments, must invest $1 million* and create or preserve at least 10 jobs for US workers. Maximum stay: 2-year conditional residency, followed by unrestricted Green Card/Legal Permanent Residency. Availability: 10,000 annually. Deadlines: Apply within 2 years of investment; must show business is viable and direct investment created 10 US jobs within that time. Learn more *Investment minimum requirements subject to change




L1-A: Intracompany Transferee Executive or Manager


Enables a US employer to transfer an Executive or Manager from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the US. Maximum stay: 1 year to establish new office. All other qualified employees: initial 3-year stay + 2-year extensions, up to 7 years. Must show applicant worked for the company outside of the US for 1 continuous year out of last 3 years. No cap. No deadline. Eligible for Premium Processing (15-day application review) and Green Card. Learn more or watch here





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