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Employment-Based Visa Attorney in San Francisco

Assisting Clients with Short & Long-Term Employment in the U.S.

Whether you wish to stay for just a short time or you are interested in long-term employment in the United States, you must obtain an employment-based visa in order to live and work in the U.S. There are several different types of employment-based visas for various situations. Whether you wish to attend a work-related conference, run your own business or franchise, or reside and work permanently in the U.S., our attorneys can help. We have more than 29 years of legal experience and have focused our practice on immigration matters for decades. Our team understands the complexities involved in obtaining an employment-based visa and can help you navigate the system.


To schedule an initial consultation with us, call (415) 300-2144 or fill out a contact form.
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What Are the Five Preference Categories for Employment-Based Visas?

In regards to employment-based visas, there are five preference categories. In order to be eligible for an employment-based visa, you must first have your employer or prospective employer sponsor you and you must fall under one of the five categories.

The five preference categories for employment-based visas include:

  • Priority Workers (EB-1) – Generally includes workers that fall into one or more subcategories: people with extraordinary ability (typically in the arts, science, medicine, or similar field), multinational executives/managers, and notable researchers/professors
  • Workers with Advanced Degrees or Extraordinary Ability (EB-2) – Includes individuals who have obtained a level of education that exceeds a bachelor’s degree, have at least five years of relevant experience, or demonstrate exceptional ability in their field
  • Skilled and Unskilled Workers (EB-3) – Includes workers who have at least two years of relevant experience, as well as professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) but do not meet EB-2 preference requirements.
  • Special Immigrants (EB-4) – Typically includes unusual cases in which an immigrant does not fall into any of the other employment-based visa categories, including but not limited to religious workers, retired workers who were employed by international organizations, and others
  • Immigrant Investors (EB-5) – Includes foreign investors who invest in U.S. businesses that employ at least 10 U.S. workers or indirectly create at least 10 jobs for U.S. citizens; generally, investments must be at least $1 million, though certain exceptions apply

Our San Francisco employment-based visa attorneys can help you with any of these categories. We have helped thousands of clients with a wide variety of immigration law and employment visa issues, and we are prepared to assist you throughout the process.

What Is an H1B Visa?

The Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden also provide legal assistance with H1B visas, which are non-immigrant or temporary worker visas that allow companies in the United States to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Because of the scrutiny petitions for H1B visas undergo, it is vital to make sure there are no errors during the application process. Benefit from the expertise of our employment-based attorneys to give you an even better chance of approval.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Firm Today

Employment-based immigration laws are highly complex. The processes involved generally vary from one case to the next. For this reason, it’s wise to enlist the assistance of an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the process, from gathering and submitting the required paperwork to preparing for and attending necessary hearings to completing forms, making payments, and meeting applicable deadlines. At the Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden, we provide personalized legal representation and dedicated, one-on-one assistance throughout the process.

Need an employment-based visa lawyer in San Francisco or the surrounding areas? We assist immigrants across the United States and from around the globe. Call (415) 300-2144 to request a consultation today.
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