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

Do Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians qualify for TN visa status?
Do Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians qualify for TN visa status?
Professionals in medical and allied professions not listed under the USCMA, often look at closely related professions to try and obtain TN visa status. Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians often look to the TN profession of Medical Lab Technicians and Technologists for TN visa status. We review the TN profession of Medical Lab Technicians and Technologists, the requirements, and who qualifies here.
How do I bring my household belongings to the USA?
How do I bring my household belongings to the USA?
After you have been approved for an immigrant or non-immigrant visa allowing you to work and live in the United States, you might have household belongings you wish to bring with you. Prior to moving any belongings to the United States, there are procedures you need to be aware of before moving your belongings. Find out about the process of bringing your belongings to the United States here.
As an employer, how do I verify employment eligibility?
As an employer, how do I verify employment eligibility?
The E-Verify system was created to allow employers to confirm the employment eligibility of both US citizens and noncitizens to work in the United States. Employers are able to use the E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility. Learn more about the E-Verify system here.
What investment amount is “substantial” for an E2 Visa Investment?
What investment amount is “substantial” for an E2 Visa Investment?
E Visa status is available to nationals of countries that maintain treaties with the United States for commerce and navigation. The E2 Visa is specifically for those coming to the United States to develop or direct the operations of a business enterprise in which they have invested a substantial amount of capital. One of the main considerations when determining qualifications for the E2 visa is whether the investment is considered "substantial." In order to determine the substantiality of an investment, a proportionality test is used. We discuss what is considered "substantial" and the "proportionality test" here.
USCIS to begin Phase Two of Premium Processing for Certain Pending EB-1 and EB-2 Petitions
USCIS to begin Phase Two of Premium Processing for Certain Pending EB-1 and EB-2 Petitions
On July 15, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), provide an update on the expansion of premium processing for certain pending Form I-140 Petitions for Alien Workers. Beginning August 1, 2022, USCIS will begin accepting Form I-907 requests for Premium processing for the following:
USCIS Update – Tips for Employment-based Adjustment Applicants and the Medical Examination
USCIS Update – Tips for Employment-based Adjustment Applicants and the Medical Examination
On July 14, 2022, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), released some helpful tips for employment-based adjustment applicants and the USCIS Form I-693 Medical Examination. The following are some Do's and Dont's for your Form I-693 Medical Examination from USCIS.
E-2 Visa Approved for the Owner of a Gas Station
E-2 Visa Approved for the Owner of a Gas Station
There are two ways to obtain an E2 Visa as a Treaty Trader, at a US Consulate or Embassy, or by mail with USCIS through a change of status. We recently received approval for an E2 visa for the owner of a gas station who changed status from a visitor visa to an E2 visa while remaining inside the United States. Read more about this case here. 
My TN Visa status was approved, now what?
My TN Visa status was approved, now what?
Your TN Visa status has been approved, Congratulations! You are now authorized to legally work and live in the United States. As you commence your employment in the United States under TN visa status there are a few key points you should keep in mind. We cover some key points here.
I am on a TN Visa, How do I obtain TD visa status for my dependents?
I am on a TN Visa, How do I obtain TD visa status for my dependents?
If you have been issued TN visa status to work inside the United States, your spouse and minor children also qualify to live in the United States with you under TD visa status as your dependents. Your qualifying dependents can obtain TD status at the same time you obtain your TN status, or anytime thereafter. Find out what your dependants need to obtain TD visa status.
What is the USCIS VIBE program?
What is the USCIS VIBE program?
As an employer when you file a petition or application with USCIS, they must verify that you as the employer are a legitimate business. In a typical filing, USCIS will rely on the paperwork and evidence submitted with the petition or application. If USCIS determines the paperwork submitted is not sufficient, USCIS can rely on the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) Program to verify business information. Learn why you should verify your company's information in the VIBE Program before filing with USCIS.