There are many ways foreign nationals can obtain permanent residence (green card) in the United States through business and employment. The most common way involves three steps: a Labor Certification (PERM), an I-140 petition, and either an application for adjustment of status or an application for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad.
The entire permanent residence process can be lengthy, and it is quite daunting. At Vrapi Weeks, we take care of every step of the process so that owners and managers can retain valuable employees and focus on running the organization, not worrying about immigration barriers.
- The PERM process is intended to ensure that employers do not seek to employ a foreign national when qualified U.S. workers are ready, willing, able, and available to fill the position. This requires the employer to advertise the position in a variety of venues and properly document the recruitment process. This is a very onerous and unforgiving process.
- The I-140 petition is the visa petition the employer files to give the foreign national immigrant status. While the I-140 petition is commonly based on the PERM Labor Certification, there are other types of I-140 petitions, such as National Interest Waivers and petitions for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability, which do not require a labor certification.
- Based on the I-140 petition, the foreign national employee can either adjust status in the United States or can apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate abroad and become a permanent resident (green card holder).
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