The immigration lawyers with Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have decades of experience providing comprehensive immigration support to businesses of all types and sizes to develop immigration strategies for doing business in the United States.

If your business is sending employees to the United States or expanding your operations into the US, or you are a US company hiring a foreign national, we can help you with your immigration law needs.

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Temporary Workers

Most foreign nationals enter the US to work on a temporary basis as nonimmigrants. There are several visa categories available for employers when employing foreign nationals on a temporary basis.

TN Visas for NAFTA Professionals

Canadian citizens and Mexican citizens benefit from the United States Canada Mexico Agreement (USCMA), formerly NAFTA. Under the USCMA, Canadians and Mexicans that work as professionals in any of the 63 USMCA professions and meet the minimum qualifications are able to obtain TN Visa status to work in the United States.

E-1 Visas for Treaty Traders

Foreign businesses from treaty countries that conduct substantial trade with the United States are able to obtain an E-1 registration for their business that enables them to send qualifying employees to the US on E-1 Visas.

E-2 Visas for Treaty Investors

Foreign citizens and businesses from treaty countries with substantial investments in the United States are able to obtain an E-2 registration for their business that enables them to send qualifying employees to the US on E-2 Visas.

H-1B Visas for Specialty Occupations, DOD Cooperative Research & Development Project Workers, and Fashion Models

Foreign nationals who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation, services of exceptional merit and ability relating to a Department of Defense (DOD) cooperative research and development project, or services as a fashion model of distinguished merit or ability, can apply for the H-1B Visa.

L-1 Visas for Business Expansion into the United States

Foreign businesses that are looking to expand their footprint into the United States can do so under the L-1 Visa for Intracompany Transfers, which allows for the start-up of a new business and the transfer of qualifying employees to the US to establish, set up, manage, run, and/or work in the new office.

O-1 Visas for Individuals with Extraordinary Ability

Foreign nationals who possess extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who have a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements, can apply for an O-1 Visa.

Other Temporary Work Visas

We also help foreign nationals with all other relevant temporary work visas, including:

  • CW-1 Visas for CNMI-Only Transitional Workers (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
  • E-3 Visas for Specialty Occupation Workers from Australia
  • H-1B1 Visas for Specialty Occupations from Chile & Singapore
  • H-2A Visas for Temporary Agricultural Workers
  • H-2B Visas for Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers
  • H-3 Visas for Nonimmigrant Trainees or Special Education Exchange Visitors
  • I Visas for Representatives of Foreign Media
  • P-1A Visas for Athletes
  • P-1B Visas for Members of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group
  • P-2 Visas for Individual Performers or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program
  • P-3 Visas for Artists or Entertainers Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program
  • R-1 Visas for Nonimmigrant Religious Workers

Permanent Workers

If you intend to hire a foreign national on a permanent basis, this is done through sponsorship for US permanent residence—also known as a Green Card.

A permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “green card.” Learn about the possible paths to permanent residence through employment for foreign nationals, including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-4 priority workers, as well as the PERM / Labor Certification process.

Business Expansion into the United States

If you are a foreign company that has not yet established operations in the United States or need to send employees to an affiliated US office, there are several options to consider for expanding your company into the US.

L-1 Visas for Employee Transfers and Business Expansion into the United States

Foreign businesses that are looking to expand their footprint into the United States can do so under the L-1 Visa for Intracompany Transfers, which allows for the start-up of a new business and the transfer of qualifying employees to the US to establish, set up, manage, run, and/or work in the new office.

E-1 Visas for Treaty Traders

Foreign businesses from treaty countries that conduct substantial trade with the United States are able to obtain an E-1 registration for their business that enables them to send qualifying employees to the US on E-1 Visas.

E-2 Visas for Treaty Investors

Foreign citizens and businesses from treaty countries with substantial investments in the United States are able to obtain an E-2 registration for their business that enables them to send qualifying employees to the US on E-2 Visas.

Business Visitors to the United States

Canadian citizens are able to enter the US without a visa as visa-exempt. This allows them to enter the US for acceptable business activities without the need for a visa. However, for durations from 90 days to 180 days, most foreign nationals will require a Visitor Visa to enter the United States.

B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visas

Most foreign nationals require a B-1 Temporary Business Visitor Visa for business visits to the US. Entry on a B-1 Visa is generally limited to 180 days or less. The longer the visit, the higher the scrutiny, which increases the chance of refusal.

The Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is also available to certain foreign nationals. The VWP is similar to the B-1 Visitor Visa and allows visits for qualifying business activities for up to 90 days without the need for a visa.

Our Immigration Resources for Employers

Overcoming TN Visa Challenges: A Success Story
Overcoming TN Visa Challenges: A Success Story
For many Canadians, the TN Visa has been a crucial gateway to pursuing professional opportunities in the United States. However, even seasoned applicants can face unexpected challenges, as one Canadian shared in their recent experience. In this blog post, we delve into how our team turned a denied entry into a success story, highlighting the expert guidance provided by Jeremy and Rachael throughout the TN Visa application process.
Understanding H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) Posting Requirements
Understanding H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) Posting Requirements
This blog post covers the notification requirements that H-1B employers must follow for notifying U.S. workers and H-1B workers, ensuring compliance with the Department of Labor's regulations.
Obtaining a Green Card as a Physician: National Interest Waiver Explained
Obtaining a Green Card as a Physician: National Interest Waiver Explained
Are you a physician seeking to make the United States your permanent home? The National Interest Waiver (NIW) may be your ticket to obtaining a green card. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the NIW program and how it can help you achieve your dream of practicing medicine in the U.S.
What is required from a prospective employee for the H-1B lottery registration?
What is required from a prospective employee for the H-1B lottery registration?
The H-1B visa program is a highly sought-after pathway for foreign professionals to work in the United States. However, the H-1B lottery registration process can be competitive, with a limited number of visas available each year. To improve your chances of success, it's crucial to understand the essential requirements expected from prospective employees. In this blog post, we will break down the key prerequisites for H-1B lottery registration, helping you navigate the process with confidence and increase your chances of securing an H-1B visa.
Navigating the H1B Registration Process: A Must-Know Guide for Employers
Navigating the H1B Registration Process: A Must-Know Guide for Employers
The H1B visa remains a top choice for U.S. employers seeking skilled international talent. With the registration window for 2024 approaching, it's time for employers to gear up and grasp the intricacies of the H1B registration process. From the $10 registration fee to the collection of essential employer information, we've outlined the key steps you need to follow. Understand the importance of accuracy, legitimacy, and adherence to USCIS guidelines.
Understanding the H-1B Licensing Requirement for Physicians
Understanding the H-1B Licensing Requirement for Physicians
The H-1B visa program is a valuable opportunity for foreign professionals to work in the United States. However, for physicians, there is a unique licensing requirement that must be met to practice medicine legally in the country. In this blog post, we'll delve into the details of the H-1B licensing requirement for physicians, discussing the process, implications, and important considerations for foreign medical professionals aspiring to work in the U.S.
Understanding the Removal of the Employer-Employee Relationship Requirement for H-1B Visas
Understanding the Removal of the Employer-Employee Relationship Requirement for H-1B Visas
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a significant change to the H–1B visa program by planning to eliminate the employer-employee relationship requirement from its definition of a U.S. employer. This move aligns with the USCIS's current policy and aims to reduce administrative barriers, offering a clearer, more accessible path for H–1B petitioners, especially those that are beneficiary-owned.
Ensuring Bona Fide Job Offers for Specialty Occupation Positions: Navigating the New Provisions of 8 CFR 214.2
Ensuring Bona Fide Job Offers for Specialty Occupation Positions: Navigating the New Provisions of 8 CFR 214.2
Explore the latest provisions under proposed 8 CFR 214.2 aimed at reinforcing the criteria for bona fide job offers in specialty occupations, including contract requirements, non-speculative employment, and LCA correspondence with the H–1B petition.
Empowering Entrepreneurship: DHS Proposes New H-1B Rules for Beneficiary-Owned Businesses
Empowering Entrepreneurship: DHS Proposes New H-1B Rules for Beneficiary-Owned Businesses
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is introducing a proposal to codify eligibility for H–1B visas for entrepreneurs and startup founders, marking a significant shift in U.S. immigration policy to support the growth of beneficiary-owned businesses. This move could pave the way for increased innovation and job creation across the country.
Revolutionizing the H–1B Visa: A New Era for Specialty Occupations
Revolutionizing the H–1B Visa: A New Era for Specialty Occupations
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes pivotal changes to the H–1B visa program, focusing on redefining "specialty occupations" and broadening eligibility criteria. This blog delves into how these updates could revolutionize the hiring of skilled foreign workers, aligning with modern workforce demands and fostering a more inclusive, skills-based hiring culture.