Business & Employment Visas Serving The Greater Palm Springs Area
The United States welcomes thousands of foreign workers in multiple occupations or employment categories every year. These include artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers and others. All foreign workers must obtain permission to work legally in the United States. Each employment category for admission has different requirements, conditions and authorized periods of stay. It is important that you adhere to the terms of your application or petition for admission and visa.
Our firm has successfully processed the following types of visas:
PERM - Petitions for employees
L-1 Intra-company Transfer
Petitioning for an Foreign National Employee - PERM
How can an employer petition for a Foreign National employee for a "Green Card"?
Most people are not aware, but a U.S. Employer has the ability to petition for his/her employee for permanent residency in the U.S. ("Green Card"). See 20 CFR 656. There are certain guidelines that must be followed, but a competent attorney can assist in this process.
PERM is the process for obtaining labor certification, which is the first step of the "green card" process for foreign nationals seeking permanent residence through their employment.
To obtain an approved PERM Labor Certification, the employer must prove (through newspaper advertising and other recruiting methods) that they were unsuccessful in recruiting a qualified U.S. worker for a certain position.
The employer must be prepared to hire the foreign worker on a full-time and permanent basis.
Can the employee include his spouse and children?
If the process is completed successfully, the employee will be able to obtain permanent residency here in the U.S. A highlight of this process is that the "employee" will be able to include his spouse and children (under 18 years of age and unmarried), which would qualify them for residency through the same petition.
For more information, please contact our office to speak with an experienced attorney.
L-1 Intra-Company Transfers
Below, we will give some insight into the L-1 visa. This is one of our most successful application for businesses that are abroad, and wish to establish residence in the U.S. The L-1 visa allows for certain employees of said business to come into the U.S. on a visa and potentially earn permanent residency in the U.S.
Is My foreign Business or Investment an Option to gain U.S. Residency?
If you are an investor and need assistance in processing the purchase of the business, our firm can assist. Now is the time to invest in the United States!! We not only provide you with assistance in negotiating the terms of the purchase, but make sure your interests are entirely protected throughout the process. As many investors are new to United States, they may not be fully aware of the potentials pitfalls one may encounter when purchasing a business or establishing a U.S. Branch in the U.S. Below are some options you may consider:
Does your company overseas, want to establish a U.S. Branch? If so, the L-1 Visa can lead to permanent residency for you and certain employees?
There is a special visa available for companies that wish to expand operations into the United States by opening a branch, a warehouse or an office.
This visa, known as the L1 visa, is one of the most popular -- especially since it can lead to permanent residency!
The general requirements are as follows:
The foreign company must have been in operation for at least (1) year and must remain in operation at all times after the opening of the US division;
A qualifying organization may include a branch of the same employer, or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate;
New offices must submit additional evidence, including a business plan, and must show progress on start-up activities after one year.
The annual sales volume or gross revenues of the foreign company ideally should exceed $250,000;
Ideally, the foreign company should employ at least (3) individuals;
One must be able to demonstrate that the foreign company is successful, in good standing, financially solid, that expansion into the United States will not negatively affect its foreign operations, and that the expansion will eventually create jobs for US workers.
Categories of Workers Eligible to be Transferred to U.S. Operation
Owners - Must be either the sole owner or a majority shareholder.
Executives - Includes the President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer of the company.
Managers, Upper Level - Should be General Managers, Sales Managers, Production Managers, etc. (First-line supervisors generally do not qualify).
Specialized Knowledge Workers - Must have special knowledge specific to the product or the company.
The visa applicant must have worked for the foreign company for at least (1) out of the last (3) years; and
The visa applicant's presence in the United States is essential to the success and the smooth operation of the U.S. company.
This information is not intended as legal advice. If you have any further questions, or wish to schedule a consultation, please call and experienced attorney at our office.
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- Olga Gomez. 2/14/2020
If you have talked to other Immigration Attorneys Local and out of town I highly recommend you talk To Attorney Joe Luna Before you hire anyone else you will not regret it
After years and money spent with no positive results Joe got me My rightful Benefit of being a US Citizen by son of Us citizen after over 20 yrs of other attorneys taking my money and not getting any results Joe saw the same paperwork I took to other attorneys and in less than 6 months I was at at Immigration office being Sworn in as a US Citizen don’t deny yourself of the best legal representation Give Joe Luna a call beyond thankful for what he did for me and my Family....
- Carlos valdez. 1/29/2020
A year ago, my wife and I went to Commonwealth Law Group to seek out the assistance of Joe Luna in order to adjust status here in the US. Hand on my heart, there was no one better for the job. My wife and and I are so grateful to him and his team at Commonwealth. From the beginning, he was patient and understanding, answering all our questions and meeting with us frequently. We felt like he always put us first and is very diligent. Joe is very knowledgeable when it comes to immigration issues. Believe me, he's the guy you want on your team. We will definitely go back to him when it comes to removing conditions on our green card.
- P&I Case. 1/7/2020
Joe Luna was great in our 3 cases, He did everything in the right way.
3 different cases with 3 different interviews which passed easily. He was listening to us, & advising us. He was supportive all the time. He knows exactly how to deal with citizenship cases.
- Halla Nuoman. 1/6/2020
Great service, very professional and trustworthy.
Thank you so much for all your help Atty. Luna.
- Nerissa Mingo. 0/27/2020
- Nikolaos Konstantopoulos. 11/31/2019
This law firm is efficient and responsible always provide the best service and care for their customers. Always look for the solution to the problem you have. I say this from experience, when they denied me the procedures of my residence, they quickly acted in resolving my case and why I had been denied. Especially Mr. Luna sought the quickest and most effective solution for this to be solved and we had an answer as soon as possible. Thanks to him Mr. Luna my case was resolved satisfactorily I recommend them.
- Brian Vazquez. 5/13/2019
I recommend Joe Luna he’s the best lawyer!! In my case that I had before him I had 2 other lawyers and they never helped me and they would just give me a hard time until I found Joe Luna. He always told me to have trust in him and he would resolve my case without any problem and in about 5 months I got my green card and got accepted. Thank you for everything Sir Luna for being honest and professional. God bless you and your family for being a human being with a great heart and a great lawyer.
- angel g torres. 4/30/2019
We highly recommend Mr. Luna's service.
We are happy with Mr. Luna's professional service and dedication. He was very responsive and fast. He is knowledgeable, trustworthy and an experienced lawyer. It was nice to have him as our lawyer from the beginning of the application until the interview process. Mr. Luna's interview preparation was very helpful and his presence during the final interview was professional as a lawyer and comforting as a person. He made us feel confident and secure.
Thank you for your service and best wishes for your future clients.
- Sokono Soko. 4/14/2019
Awesome place clean inviting and the staff is knowledgeable and straightforward
- Ruben Pardo. 3/15/2019
Mr. Luna and his office are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. They walk immigrants through the whole process and are very responsive to questions. I couldn't be happier with the service they provided.
- Autumn Dirnberger. 2/30/2019
Words cannot describe how grateful I am to Mr Luna and the firm for helping me with my case.
- Cristopher Guzman. 0/27/2019
Best law group in the valley highly knowledgeable and kind
- Franky Alvarez. 10/1/2018
Highly recommended, professional staff. They kept us informed during the entire process my family and I appreciate your business.
- Claudia Aguayo. 7/6/2018
My experience with Mr.Luna was great I couldn't ask for anyone better and they treat you like family and work very professional! I would strongly recommend him and his team to anyone.
- Alma Bringas. 5/10/2018
Joe Luna personally got my family through a tough citizenship application process successfully. My family and I are very fortunate to be where we are because of all his hard professional work. I highly recommend him and his team for all your immigration needs. If there’s a way he’ll find it. Thanks Joe.
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- Jorge Santos. 5/5/2018
Very thankful with Mr. Luna, helped me and my wife obtain our greencards in a very professional way and timely manner. Absolutely great full with him and his whole team, amazing people to work with, akways there to help and treat you like part of their family. They treat your case as if their own personal case and very proffesional in every sence of the word. WILL ALWAYS RECOMMEND TO ANYONE AND HAPILY USE HIM IF NEED BE IN THE FUTURE ONCE AGAIN!!
- Jorge Gonzalez. 2/14/2018
My husband had a very unique case. It was taking forever. Atty Luna was very helpful and patient with us during the process. We we not happy with the first attorney and were thrilled when Atty. Luna took over. He explained everything and made sure that we understood what was happening. Thanks to his help my husband's green card was reinstated and we are awaiting his citizenship approval.
- H M. 1/17/2018
To Atty. Luna and the rest of the staff and assistants , thank you for handling my papers properly thru my citizenship. I would recommend this Law office.
- bryn c. 1/14/2018
They did a fantastic job helping my dad get his green card. I definitely recommend their services.
- Bryan Agbayani. 0/29/2017
Good laywers group
- Richie Dinho. 0/13/2017
Mr. Luna and everyone in the office handled my immigration case with professionalism, courtesy, and attention to detail. After just four short months of working with Commonwealth Law Group, I had a satisfactory resolution to my unique case. I recommend them highly.
- Akram Shaaban. 11/14/2016
My first consultation with the immigration attorney was free. He and his assistant spent close to an hour with my husband and me, explaining the process involved in completing the requirements for permanent residency status as a Native American born in Canada. Where to begin, what to do, what not to do. What they will do, how long it will take and what it will cost.
I feel confident that Mr. Shaeffer will handle every detail of my case competently and wisely. He has more than expertise in his field, he is also charismatic and likable. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a friend.
- Cynthia Bennett. 0/16/2013
After several years trying to get our ducks in order for a greencard and not having much success, we were recommended by a friend to try Commonwealth Law Group. As they were conveniently located in Rancho Mirage, we wasted no time in setting up interviews...etc We were pleased that they actually offered us two different ways we could go about getting the permanent residency. One short year later we received our cards in the mail. Thanks to Comonwealth Law Group and its team in Rancho Mirage for affording us the opportunity to get our residency. Their initiative, enthusiasm, knowledge of the system and great work were the key factors in our success. RRV