For international managers and executives seeking lawful permanent residence and – ultimately – naturalized citizenship in the United States, the EB-1C visa is an alternative to the EB-5 visa.
What Are the Benefits of EB-1C Visa?
This visa provides a green card immediately and without the need to make an investment or to create jobs in the United States. If you are an international executive or manager – or if you are an employer and you want to sponsor an executive or manager to work for you in the United States – consult our experienced and knowledgeable Ohio immigration attorneys. We have law offices in Ohio, Michigan, and Texas, while serving clients nationwide and all around the world.
How to Apply for EB-1C Visa
A qualifying employer must sponsor an EB-1C visa applicant – applicants may not “self-sponsor.” The employer must be international – that is, it must have an affiliate, branch, or subsidiary located outside of the United States. An executive or manager applying for the EB-1C visa must have been employed outside of the United States by the business, its affiliate, branch, or subsidiary for at least one of the three preceding years.
If the executive or manager is already in the United States, he or she may instead use any of the three years prior to his or her arrival in the U.S. to meet the requirement. After acquiring a green card with the EB-1C visa, it typically takes another five years until you may become a naturalized U.S. citizen. However, every visa applicant and every immigration situation is different, so applicants and employers should consult an immigration attorney familiar with the filing process.
Patience and preparation are imperative whenever you apply to obtain any visa to enter the United States, but whether you are the employee-applicant or the employer-sponsor, you can have your immigration concerns addressed and your questions answered by speaking promptly – from anywhere in the world – with an experienced Columbus immigration attorney about your EB-1C visa case.
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Learn more about employment-based first preference visas on the USCIS website.