Immigration Law in Los Angeles
Overview of United States Immigration Law
There are many different laws that address the subject of immigration to the United States, but one of the most important is the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Among other things, the INA sets strict limits on the number of visas that are available for the purposes of permanent immigration. For example, approximately 226,000 visas are allocated for family-based immigration, while 140,000 are set aside for employment-based immigration. Once an individual has immigrated and become a lawful permanent resident, he or she may then begin taking the steps on the pathway to citizenship. Even without becoming a naturalized citizen, a permanent resident will already enjoy considerable benefits such as being able to work and live in this country on a long-term basis and without having to worry about the expiration of his or her visa. Los Angeles immigration lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. Haghighi, APC help their clients navigate the considerable complexities of immigration law and are ready to take immediate action on your own case.
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In addition to the different categories of immigration visas, there are also dozens of unique varieties of non-immigrant visas. What sets these apart is that they only allow the holder to stay in the U.S. temporarily. Further, they place rigid restrictions on the conditions under which he or she may pursue employment.
Investment Based (EB-5) Immigration
The fifth category of employment based immigration is set aside for immigrant investors. Eligibility for this type of visa depends on evidence that the applicant is planning to make a considerable investment of capital, which is expected to result in a significant increase in economic activity in the local community.
Family Based Immigration
The largest share of immigrant visas are reserved for individuals who hope to enter the United States in order to reunite with family members who are already living here as lawful permanent residents or citizens. In fact, there is no annual limit on the number of visas for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.
Countless people from across the globe dream of coming to the U.S., but the provisions of the INA allow only a select few to do so. Employment-based immigration visas are provided on a preferential basis to those who possess extraordinary skill and ability; in many cases, it is necessary for the prospective employer to obtain labor certification to demonstrate that hiring foreign nationals will not deprive local workers of jobs.
Speak with a Los Angeles Immigration Lawyer
Do not take any further action in your immigration legal case before contacting the firm for a free consultation to discuss your situation and review your options. It is simply too easy to make mistakes in the petition, and attempting to handle the case on your own could result in serious complications later on. Let an attorney from the firm assist you with preparing your application, as well as representing you with the authorities and working to get the results that you are hoping for in the end.