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Employment-based Immigration

For a Foreign Employee
With few exceptions, the process for obtaining permanent residence based on employment is comprised of three phases: the labor certification, the visa petition, and the application for permanent residence. This is only a brief overview of a rather detailed and complicated process. With the assistance of Charlotte Viener & Associates, however, the process should be fairly simple and straight forward for you. We will do everything possible to simplify your tasks and minimize the amount of time spent by employees at the company on this matter and we will provide expert assistance at every juncture.
Labor Certification
The first step involved in the process of sponsoring an employee for legal permanent residence is to obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor. First, however, employers must obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) from the Department of Labor and conduct recruitment for the open position. Once the prevailing wage is obtained, the employer must being recruiting for the position to prove that there are no US qualified workers able to perform the position. This includes placing a job order with the State’s Labor Department for thirty days, and advertising the position on two consecutive Sundays in a newspaper of general circulation in the area.

If the position is considered professional (ie requiring a College Degree), the employer must also select three additional recruitment steps which can range from postings on the employer’s website, a job search website, on campus recruiting, private employment firms, employee referral programs, job fairs, trade or professional journals, local or ethnic newspapers or radio or tv advertisement.

If no able, qualified, and willing U.S. workers, apply for the position, the employer is then able to submit an online labor certification with the Department of Labor.

The Visa Petition
Upon receiving an approved labor certification, our office next prepares the visa petition to the Department of Homeland Security. At this time, the employer must submit documentation establishing the company’s ability to pay the employee’s proffered wages in addition to evidence that the employee qualifies for the position. The employer must also provide a detailed letter verifying the alien’s employment with the company and the permanent job offer.
Application For Permanent Residence
The employer’s involvement at this stage is minimal. During this stage, we will assist the employee in gathering required documentation, such as birth certificates and marriage certificates, etc., to complete the employee as well as his spouse and children’s application for permanent residency. At the end of this step, the employee and family will be granted legal permanent residency in the United States.

Please contact our office at 504-581-5051 or email ruth@neworleansimmigration.com if you are ready to begin the process for permanent residency through employment.

Why Choose Us?

Charlotte Viener & Associates is a New Orleans, Louisiana based law firm that has worked exclusively in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law for over twenty years. We represent immigrants and employers throughout the United States and the world.

Our attorney's are also compassionate and caring and understand that navigating the Immigration laws can sometimes be overwhelming.  We will not only fight for you but hold your hand, if needed, throughout the entire process.  

In addition, our office offers Flat Fees and Payment Plans with no hidden fees. You will have access to us 24 hours a day and 7 days a week either in our office, on the phone or by email.  It is part of the service we offer and is included in the flat fee we quote you at our initial consultation.  Please review our google reviews below to hear about our client's experience working with us. 

Charlotte and her team do a wonderful job and are essential for navigating the confusing waters of US immigration. She assisted our family greatly with our immigration case. I have since recommended her to many friends and they have found her to be professional, efficient and courteous.
C. Wilson
I've had a complicated situation with my immigration status and no one wanted to take my case but Charlotte did. She helped me deal with it the right way. She gave me directions and it helped me solve my issues.
E. Krutov
I just became recently an American citizen and I have to thank greatly to Charlotte. The USCIS screwed my case and Charlotte was instrumental for me to appeal. I was not going to do it and start all over again but she convinced me to go ahead. Thanks! She is a pleasure to deal with.
E. Casillas
Estoy muy agradecido con la abogada Charlotte porque ella me ayudó a obtener la Residencia para mi y para mi hija. Es muy profesional.
O. Elias
My husband and i needed an urgent help regarding my visa situation and we are very happy that attorney Charlotte Viener helped us to everything we needed so fast and made it easy for us. We are very satisfied and definitely will recommend her service to my family and friends!
J. Machida
Charlotte Viener (& her staff) saved my life!. I have been living in the U.S for over 30 years, hold a green card, have never gotten into any trouble with the law and all of a sudden found myself facing deportation for something that had nothing to do with me, but with my (ex)husband. I went to her office crying and asked her to help me and she was very compassionate and professional at the same time. We won our case and now I am free to continue to pursue my American dream. Thank you Charlotte.
C. Gallop