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Will a new administration affect employment-based visas?

Immigration and new limitations on refugees have dominated headlines since President Trump was sworn into office, and the reverberations of his newly announced reforms could have long-reaching effects on those who wish to come to the United States on employment-based visas.

Effectively navigating these complex issues requires an extensive knowledge of the law and an ability to provide skilled advocacy in complicated circumstances. If you are hoping to immigrate for work purposes or you are working on behalf of a business hoping to employ foreign nationals, you need an experienced legal ally by your side.

The types of visas that may be available to you

Despite the current uncertainty surrounding the issue of immigration, it is worthwhile to know your options regarding the possible ways you may be able to come to the United States for employment. The most common types of employment-based visas include:

  • Employment first preference (E1): This visa if for priority workers, such as persons with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences and athletics, outstanding professors and researchers, and multinational executives and managers.
  • Employment second preference (E2): This visa is for professionals with advanced degrees or people of extraordinary ability.
  • Employment third preference (E3): This visa is for skilled workers, professionals and unskilled workers.
  • Employment fourth preference (E4): This visa is available for certain special immigrants, which is a group with several approved subcategories.
  • Employment fifth preference (E5): This visa is available to immigrant investors.

You may fall into one of these main categories or one of the various subcategories; therefore, you should work closely with a U.S. immigration attorney to better understand your options and how to effectively navigate the application process. After you know what type of visa you should seek and how to proceed, you will then pay fees and submit a visa application.

Avoiding complications and obtaining positive results

Knowing your options is just the first step in the process, followed shortly by the fees and visa application process. Typically, this step is then followed by visa interviews, passport applications, the submission of various documents and much more. The employment-based immigration process has never been easy, but there are now additional complications for individuals like you.

Since the new administration has already affected immigration and will probably initiate further changes to the system, it is essential to secure the help of a lawyer as soon as possible. There can be no guarantee regarding the outcome of your visa application, but, with legal help, you may be able to mitigate unnecessary issues and frustrating setbacks.

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