At the Law Office of Marino A. Branes Jr., we are devoted to uniting families through their family-based petitions and to helping businesses with non-immigrant visas. We are also experienced in handling deportation/removal cases. Our firm can represent clients from anywhere in the U.S.A., and in the world, due to Immigration law's Federal nature.
Immigrant visas are issued to those who want to come to and permanently live in the United States. To qualify for this type of visa you must meet certain requirements. Below is a list of various visas available for those who want to immigrate permanently to the United States. Please call for more details.
EB-5 Investor/Employment Creation Visas
Under the 1990 Immigration Act, Congress has set aside up to 10,000 visas per year for alien investors in new commercial enterprises who create employment for ten individuals. There are two groups of investors under the program - those who invest at least 500,000 in "targeted employment areas" (rural areas or areas experiencing high unemployment of at least 150% of the national average rate) and those who invest 1,000,000 anywhere else. No fewer than 3,000 of the annual allotment of visas must go to targeted employment areas.
EB-1 Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers and Multinational Executives and Managers
Individuals in this category can petition for permanent residency without having to go through the time consuming labor certification process.
EB-2 Workers with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability
in the Sciences, Arts or Business
Visa holders in this category normally must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process. The labor certification involves a testing of the job market to demonstrate that the potential visa holder is not taking a job away from a U.S. worker. In cases where an individual can show that his entry is in the national interest, the job offer and labor certification requirements can be waived.
EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals
Visa holders in this category normally must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process.
EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers
Ministers of religion are eligible for permanent residency.
Mr. Branes did a great job representing my wife in her very difficult case. Without a doubt, I would recommend him to help any person with immigration problems.
- EFREN M.
DV-1 Visas (the "Green Card Lottery")
55,000 visas are annually allotted in a random drawing to individuals from nations underrepresented in the total immigrant pool.
Refugee and Asylum Applications
Persons with a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion may be eligible to apply for asylum or refugee status in the U.S.
DIVERSITY VISAS & ASYLUM
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U.S. citizens may petition for spouses, parents, children and siblings. Permanent residents may petition for spouses and children. If the beneficiaries are in the U.S., when the visa number is available, they are eligible to apply for green card in the U.S., which is called adjustment of status. If they are overseas or ineligible to adjust status in the U.S., they may obtain their permanent visa/green card through the American Consulate, which is called Consular Processing. For applicants who previously had immigration violations, they may need to apply for I-601 waiver or I-212 waiver.