Love & Dillenbeck Immigration Law Attorneys
We’re a law firm that’s predicated on making a positive and meaningful difference in people’s lives. Why immigration law? Because America is a nation built on immigrants. Our lawyers were able to become lawyers because their ancestors were able to immigrate to the United States. Helping individuals and families gain access to those same opportunities provides purpose to work because of the advantages our ancestors were afforded by immigrating to the United States.
We assist both businesses and individuals with all phases of the immigration and naturalization process except for removal proceedings. More specifically, our firm provides representation in the areas of:
- Business Immigration
- Business Visas
- H1/H1B Visas
- EB5/Investment Based Visas
- Green Cards
- Family Immigration
Business Immigration is a fairly broad area but generally includes assisting businesses with most or all of their immigration legal needs. These legal needs typically fall into two broad categories. The first category is assistance/representation of business with audits and compliance with the legal obligations imposed upon them as a result of hiring foreign nationals. To that end, our law firm assists businesses with internal policies and practices to ensure that they remain compliant with their legal obligations (including the Employment Eligibility Verification Form [I-9 Form] as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)). The second category is assisting businesses with the temporary and permanent employment visas for their employees (i.e., “Business Visas”).
Love & Dillenbeck also assists business with all of their business visa needs. Business visas typically come in two categories: permanent business/employment visas and temporary business/employment visas. In the realm of permanent business/employment visas, our law firm assists businesses with the preparation & filing of Labor Certifications and Form I-140 (Alien Petitions for Immigrant Work). Permanent business/employment visas are awarded according to three preference categories. The first category (highest preference) is EB1 priority workers. Approximately 28.6 percent of the total number of employment related visas are awarded to EB1 priority workers. There are three subcategories of EB-1 workers. They are:
- Persons of extraordinary ability
- Outstanding professors and researchers
- Multinational executives and managers
There is no allocation of the available visas among these three subcategories of priority workers; they are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the realm of temporary business visas, the firm assists with the preparation & filing of labor certifications and form I-129 (Petition for Nonimmigrant workers) for purposes of obtaining a multitude of temporary business visas (including L [intracompany transfer], O [individuals with extraordinary ability] and P-1, P-2, P-3 [athlete and entertainment] visas).
One particular category of temporary business/employment visa the firm provides assistance with are H1-B visas. H1-B visas are temporary business/employment visas for Persons with Specialty Occupations. The key issues in determining eligibility for H-1B classification are: (a) whether the position is a specialty occupation; and (b) whether the beneficiary meets the requirements for the specialty occupation.
Next the firm assists with EB5/investment based visas. The EB-5 program was created by Congress in 1990 in order to grow the U.S. economy through business and job creation by foreign investors. The EB5 program has certain eligibility requirements. For starters, it only applies to businesses created on or after 1990. It also must create or preserves 10 jobs for qualified U.S. workers within two years. There are also specific financial investment requirements.
We also assist individuals seeking to obtain green cards ( or lawful permanent residence in the United States). The expression refers to the document carried by a lawful permanent resident, which provides proof of his or her status. The document is officially referred to as an “I-551” (Alien Registration Receipt Card or Permanent Resident Card). Ironically, the card is no longer green.
Love & Dillenbeck dedicates a large portion to assisting families with Family Immigration. Family Immigration refers to assisting both lawful permanent residents and U.S. Citizens seeking to bring relatives to the United States on a temporary and permanent basis. Temporary family visas include:
- K-1 Fiance
- K-2 Children of Fiance
- K-3 Spouse Visa
- K-4 Children of Spouse Visa
- V-VISA Temporary Visa for Family of Lawful Permanent Residents
Permanent family visas vary depending on weather the sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident as well as the degree of immediacy of the relationship. The permanent family visas for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens include IR-1: Spouse of a U.S. Citizen, IR-2: Unmarried Child Under 21 Years of Age of a U.S. Citizen, IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. Citizen, IR-3: Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. Citizen, IR-4: Orphan to be adopted in the U.S. by a U.S. citizen, & IR-5: Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old. The permanent family visas for non-immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens and for relatives of lawful permanent residents are awarded according
Why Would I Need an Attorney for Immigration?
The biggest reason to hire an immigration attorney is to avoid being denied entry into the United States. Perhaps no part of the immigration process is as frustrating as being granted a visa only to be denied entry to the United States by an immigration inspector. Its important to remember that a visa does not give the bearer the right to enter the United States. Rather it gives the bearer the right to seek admission to the United States at a port of entry. As a result, a foreign national can be denied entry to the United States by an immigration inspector.
An immigration inspector will deny an applicant’s entry to the United States if the inspector believes that the applicant is not admissible under the category upon which the visa was issued. Applicants can also be denied entry to the United States if the visa’s period of validity has expired or if the applicant has exceed the number of entries authorized by his or her visa.
For businesses that employ foreign nationals, proper and competent legal counsel in the area of immigration law is critical. Being able to recruit the most talented potential employees and the ability to have employees transferred across national borders is vital to the growth and sustainability of modern businesses. In addition, the failure of businesses to maintain compliance with their legal obligations could subject them to severe legal penalties (plus it may jeopardize or otherwise disrupt on-going business operations).
Given the complexities of gaining entry to the United States under a non-immigrant or immigrant visa as well as the risks to potential businesses of not being abreast of their legal obligations in the area of immigration law, we highly recommend that you retain legal counsel to assist you with the process. At a minimum, the attorneys of Love & Dillenbeck, highly recommend that you consult with legal counsel to give you a better understanding of the immigrant and non-immigrant legal process.
Why is Love & Dillenbeck the Best Choice for an Immigration Attorney?
As a law firm we are dedicated to complete and absolute perfection of our craft. Our goal is to make our work product the standard that other lawyers aspire to achieve. We believe that the key to achieve this goal is practice law under the philosophy that the practice of law is a profession and not a business. What that means is that we’re not looking to represent every potential person that walks through our doors and is willing and able to pay us money. Instead we focus on the ability to get a client an optimal result. By focusing on the results we can obtain we can obtain for our clients, we ultimately believe that both parties (attorney and client) walk away from the relationship satisfied.
If you need an immigration attorney, please contact Love & Dillenbeck for any of your immigration matters, we are experienced, dedicated and motivated to help you. Call 704-512-0981 today.