North Carolina Business Immigration Lawyers

Helping Employers & Employees with Work Visas in North Carolina

Are you a foreign national looking to come to the United States to work? Are you an employer who needs to bring workers into the country? Our team at Brown Immigration Law can help. We have more than 70 years of combined experience helping individuals and businesses with all of their business immigration needs. We understand the complex nature of these cases, and we know how to help you navigate the process.

Contact our team today at (919) 626-3965 to learn more about our North Carolina business immigration services.

What is Business Immigration?

Business immigration in the United States refers to the process by which individuals from other countries come to the U.S. to engage in business activities. This can involve temporary stays or permanent relocation, depending on the specific visa or immigration program.

There are a variety of different business immigration options available, including:

  • Employment visas
  • Entrepreneurship immigration
  • Investor visas
  • Intracompany transfer visas
  • Immigrant entrepreneur programs
  • EB-5 visas

Whether you are a foreign national looking to work in the United States or an employer who needs to bring workers into the country, our team at Brown Immigration Law can provide the guidance and advocacy you need. We will help you understand your options and work to help you achieve your goals.

Our North Carolina business immigration services include:

  • Intracompany transfers
  • Employment visas
  • Labor certification
  • Entrepreneurship immigration
  • Investor visas

How to Start a Business in the United States as a Foreign National

Foreign nationals who are looking to start a business in the United States have a variety of different options. The option that is best for you will depend on your individual circumstances, as well as your long-term goals.

Here are a few of the most common ways to start a business in the United States as a foreign national:

  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program provides a path to lawful permanent residency for foreign nationals who invest in a new commercial enterprise that creates at least 10 full-time jobs. There are a variety of different types of EB-5 visas available, including the standard EB-5 visa and the EB-5 Regional Center Program.
  • E-2 Treaty Investor Visa: The E-2 Treaty Investor Visa allows foreign nationals to enter and work in the United States based on an investment they will be controlling, while inside the United States. The investment must be “substantial.” This means that it must be sufficient to ensure the successful operation of the enterprise. The percentage of investment for a low-cost business enterprise must be higher than the percentage of investment in a high-cost enterprise. The investment must also be a real operating enterprise, an active commercial or entrepreneurial undertaking. A paper organization, speculative or idle investment does not qualify. Uncommitted funds in a bank account or similar security are not considered an investment.
  • L-1 Intracompany Transferee: The L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa allows foreign nationals to temporarily transfer to the United States to continue working for the same employer, or a subsidiary or affiliate of the employer. The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa, which means that it does not provide a path to lawful permanent residency. However, the L-1 visa does allow the foreign national to live and work in the United States for a temporary period of time. In order to be eligible for an L-1 visa, the foreign national must have worked for the employer in a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge capacity for at least one of the past three years. The maximum duration of stay is five years if coming to a new office and seven years if transferring to an existing office.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are looking to start a business in the United States is that the immigration process can be complex and time-consuming. It is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you understand your options and guide you through the process.

How to Bring Workers to the United States as an Employer

Employers who want to bring foreign workers into the United States can do so with the help of the appropriate employment visa. There are a variety of different employment visas available, and the one that is best for you will depend on your individual situation and the specific needs of your business.

Some of the most common employment visas include:

  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Visa: The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. A specialty occupation requires the application of a body of specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of work experience. The duration of stay for an H-1B visa is three years, with the possibility of extending it for an additional three years. The H-1B visa is a popular choice for employers who want to bring foreign workers into the United States to work in fields like science, engineering, and computer programming.
  • H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers: The H-2B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs. The H-2B visa is a popular choice for employers who need to hire foreign workers to meet seasonal demand. The duration of stay for an H-2B visa is one year, with the possibility of extending it for an additional two years.
  • L-1 Intracompany Transferee: The L-1 Intracompany Transferee visa allows U.S. employers to temporarily transfer foreign workers from a foreign corporation to the U.S. office of the same employer, or a subsidiary or affiliate of the employer. The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that is available to managers, executives, and specialized knowledge employees. The L-1 visa is a popular choice for employers who want to bring foreign workers into the United States to work in a managerial or executive capacity. The duration of stay for an L-1 visa is three years, with the possibility of extending it for an additional two years.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are looking to bring foreign workers into the United States is that the immigration process can be complex and time-consuming. It is important to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can help you understand your options and guide you through the process.

Why Do You Need a Business Immigration Lawyer?

Business immigration is a complex and ever-changing area of law. The process can be difficult, and one small mistake can lead to lengthy delays or even a denial of your application. An experienced business immigration attorney can help you understand your options and guide you through the process. They can also help you avoid mistakes that could hurt your chances of success.

When you work with an attorney, they can help you:

  • Identify all of your options: There are a variety of different business immigration options available, and the one that is best for you will depend on your individual circumstances. An experienced attorney can help you identify all of your options and choose the one that is best for you.
  • Understand the requirements: Each business immigration option has its own unique set of requirements that must be met. An experienced attorney can help you understand the requirements and determine if you are eligible.
  • Prepare the necessary forms and documentation: The business immigration process involves a significant amount of paperwork, including various forms and supporting documentation. An experienced attorney can help you prepare all of the necessary paperwork and ensure that it is completed correctly.
  • Meet all deadlines:¬†Various deadlines must be met throughout the business immigration process. An experienced attorney can help you meet all of the deadlines and ensure that your case stays on track.
  • Handle any issues that arise: There are a variety of different issues that can arise throughout the business immigration process. An experienced attorney can help you handle any issues that arise and work to resolve them as quickly as possible.

Why Choose Brown Immigration Law?

At Brown Immigration Law, we are dedicated to helping individuals and businesses with all of their business immigration needs. We understand the complex nature of these cases, and we know how to help you achieve your goals.

When you choose Brown Immigration Law, you get:

  • Experience: Our team has more than 15 years of experience helping individuals and businesses with all of their business immigration needs.
  • Knowledge: Business immigration is a complex area of law, and the rules and regulations are constantly changing. We stay up to date on all of the latest developments in this area of law so that we can provide our clients with the most accurate and effective representation possible.
  • Personalized Service: We understand that every case is unique, and we provide personalized service to each one of our clients. We will take the time to get to know you and understand your goals so that we can provide the guidance and advocacy you need.

Our team is here to help you with all of your business immigration needs. Call (919) 626-3965 or contact us online today to get started with a consultation.

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