Whether you are a foreign corporation looking to enter the U.S. market or an U.S. company looking to hire foreign nationals, there are various visa options available to you and your employees. Companies may establish a new office within the U.S., transfer managers and employees with specialized knowledge, and/or obtain employment authorization for foreign employees working in a specialty occupation and more. Designations include L-1A/B, H-1B, TN, E-2/3, and O visas. If you are a Canadian or Mexican national, the TN visa is available to you.
There are two types of investment options, the EB-5 and E Visa category. A foreign national may seek to invest in the U.S. to obtain permanent residence under the EB-5 program. Individuals may invest $900k / $1.8M in direct or indirect investments. Another option available is the E-2 visa which is available for individuals who invest in a new or ongoing business and are nationals of a country for which the U.S. maintains a treaty with. There is no set limit of investment for the E-2 visa, but one with at least $100k is recommended.
The United States has special opportunities for artists, entertainers, and cultural exchange performers to come to the United States to engage in their craft. The O-1 visa options is popular for artists, but there are other avenues especially for entertainers and cultural exchange programs, as well as options for those interested in pursuing a career related to arts and cultural property.
Students coming to the U.S. have a few options available to them in order to advance their educational careers. The U.S. offers F-1, J-1, and M visas to achieve their goals. Alongside students seeking U.S. degrees, vocational and trainee visas are also available.
An individual may obtain various types of visas by applying at the U.S. Consulate nearest their residence. One may also request an extension of their current visa. Visas include B1/B2 Business-Tourist, F-1 Student, R-1 Religious, TN for Canadian/Mexican nationals, H-1B1 for Chilean/Singaporean, E-3 for Australian nationals and more. An individual and their family members may be scheduled for an interview at the U.S. consulate. At times, the application may be refused or placed into administrative processing which may delay the process of obtaining a timely visa.
Thanks to our presence in Washington, DC, Palm Global has the privilege of working with ambassadors, diplomats, and other representatives of countries around the world. We also work with employees of international organizations (i.e., The World Bank, IMF, and OAS) and their families. The A, G, and C visa categories are specifically tailored to allow these foreign nationals to travel and work in the United States.
Foreign Nationals have the ability to obtain permanent residence in the U.S. with the appropriate qualifying relationship i.e. marriage to a U.S. citizen, U.S. parents and U.S. citizen children over 21, siblings. Certain categories are subject to wait times for processing by USCIS and the Department of State.
An individual who is unable to return to their home country may apply for relief called asylum. Certain elements must be met in order to qualify for such relief. Other options include cancellation of removal which requires hardship to a U.S. citizen person who will suffer harm if the foreign national were to be deported.
There are multiple waivers available for qualifying individuals. Waivers are available for individuals who may have inadmissibility issues such as unlawful presence. An individual who is applying for a nonimmigrant visa may also be eligible for a waiver and if approved, that individual would be allowed to enter the U.S. for specific reasons.