Alexanyan Law Group, APLC provides A-Z services in immigration law, from family- and employment-based visa categories, to deportation defense to asylum and beyond. With our practice based in Los Angeles, CA we provide immigration services through entire United States. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys stand ready to assist you in all your immigration related matters, such as:
- Business Immigration
- “Green Card” through Family
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- Investor Visas
- Deportation Defense (Including Criminal Related Issues)
Below is a succinct overview of the most common avenues of obtaining permanent residence in the U.S. It gives a bird's eye view of the general types of benefits, aimed at educating potential immigrants on what options are available to them.
Immigration Through Family Members
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents ("Green Card" holders) can petition for certain family members to obtain permanent residence in the U.S. These include: 1) Unmarried Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens; 2) Spouses and Children, and Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Permanent Residents; 3) Married Sons and Daughters of U.S. Citizens; 4) Brothers and Sisters of adult (age 21 and over) U.S. Citizens. Spouses of U.S. citizens and parents of adult U.S. citizens are considered "immediate relatives" for immigration purposes. The significance of this "immediate relative" designation is that they do not have to wait in line to obtain their permanent residence status in the U.S., unlike the family members within 4 categories listed above. Unfortunately, except for the relatives listed above, current immigration laws do not allow U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent residents to petition for any other type of relatives, e.g. aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren, etc.
Employment Based Immigration
There are several types of employment based immigrant visa categories, including those of aliens of extraordinary ability, multinational executives, professors and researchers. However, the most common type is the so called "employment based 3rd category" visa. This visa is for skilled workers and professionals. In order to qualify for this type of visa, an alien must 1) have an employment offer from a U.S. employer, 2) there must be a shortage of workers in the U.S. for the job offered, and 3) the prospective employer must have the ability to pay the alien's wages, as set by the Department of Labor, the so called "prevailing wage". In addition to these, the alien must prove that he or she possesses the required experience and/or education to perform the job. This is a two-step process, where first the Department of Labor must certify the alien's labor then the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must approve the underlying petition and visa application, based on the criteria enumerated above.
Immigration Through Investment in the U.S. Economy
This visa is set aside for alien entrepreneurs who make a substantial investment in the U.S. economy and create U.S. jobs. The regulations require that an alien invest $1,000,000.00 in the U.S. economy and create at least 10 U.S. jobs, not counting the alien and his family members. However, if the investment is made in an economically disadvantaged region of the U.S., the required investment to qualify for this type of visa is $500,000.00, but the job creation requirement remains the same. Additionally, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has started a pilot program that allows investment of $500,000.00 into the U.S. economy through regional centers. Both the regional centers and economically disadvantaged areas are designated by the Government.
Individuals who are afraid to return to their country of origin after arriving on the U.S. shores, may seek asylum in the U.S. In order to qualify for asylum, an alien must show that his or her fear (for her life and safety, of persecution, prosecution, torture, and etc.) is based on at least one of the statutorily protected grounds, namely race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion, and membership in a particular social group. Additionally, the persecution and/or prosecution must be proved to be either government sponsored, or perpetuated by entities or individuals who the Government does not want or is not able to control.