The immigration lawyers with Richards and Jurusik Immigration Law have more than 20 years 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 US Immigration 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, there are several options to consider for expanding your company into the US.

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.

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

How do I get TN Visa status as an Astronomer?
How do I get TN Visa status as an Astronomer?
The profession of an Astronomer is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as an Astronomer, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of Astronomer for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
How do I get TN Visa status as an Apiculturist (Beekeeper)?
How do I get TN Visa status as an Apiculturist (Beekeeper)?
The profession of an Apiculturist (Beekeeper)  is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as an Apiculturist, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of an Apiculturist for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
How do I get TN Visa status as a Technical Publications Writer?
How do I get TN Visa status as a Technical Publications Writer?
The profession of Technical Publications Writer is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of a Technical Publications Writer for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
I was laid off or fired while on an H1B visa, now what?
I was laid off or fired while on an H1B visa, now what?
Depending on the circumstances, an H1B Visa holder that loses their employment or fails to renew before it expires might be eligible for a grace period allowing them to remain in the US while they take action to preserve their legal status. But there are a lot of rules to consider, and breaking the rules could mean "unlawful presence." We discuss being laid off or fired while on an H1B visa and what to do here.
As an employer, what do I need to know about H1B Visa extensions and renewals?
As an employer, what do I need to know about H1B Visa extensions and renewals?
The initial term for an H1B Visa is up to 3 years. After the initial 3-year term, an H1B visa may be extended or renewed for one additional 3-year term for a maximum stay of 6 years in H1B visa status. an extension of H1B visa status is obtained the same way as the initial H1B visa, by filing Form I-129 Petition for Alien Worker with USCIS.  We review the H-1B Visa extension and renewal process here. 
What are the TN Visa Degree Requirements?
What are the TN Visa Degree Requirements?
Degree requirements for TN Visa status are set forth in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, formerly NAFTA. Requirements can vary based on profession and are specific to the countries in the agreement. In addition, alternative degree requirements can be used for some TN visa professions. If you were not educated in the United States, Canada, or Mexico, this can make determining your qualifications for TN Visa status complicated. We discuss the specific TN Visa degree requirements under the USMCA here.
How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Teacher?
How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Teacher?
Of the several listed professions under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), three professions fall under the category of teacher. These include College Teachers, Seminary Teachers, and University Teachers.  Typically referred to as postsecondary teachers. This does not include primary or secondary school teachers. We discuss the profession of a Teacher for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
How do I qualify for TN Visa status as an Accountant?
How do I qualify for TN Visa status as an Accountant?
There are a total of 63 listed professions under the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), formerly known as NAFTA.  The profession of an Accountant is one of the professions listed under the USMCA that qualifies for TN Visa status to work in the United States. We discuss the profession of an Accountant for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
How do I get TN visa status as an Urban Planner?
How do I get TN visa status as an Urban Planner?
The profession of Urban Planner is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as an Urban Planner, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of an Urban Planner for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.
Can I get TN Visa status as a physician?
Can I get TN Visa status as a physician?
The profession of a Physician is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. However, this only applies to physicians that are teaching or conducting research. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as a Physician, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of a Physician for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.