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Professional life, just like personal life, is a journey on the path to unleash your full professional and creative potential. It is fraught with decisions as you prepare yourself to take on more senior, more challenges on a stage that gets bigger and more fulfilling in the long run.

In a truly global world, we often encounter people in international companies doing business in the United States moving permanently to the US to oversee operations and minimize the issues related with having to regularly renew their non-immigrant status.

EB1C Green Card was created specifically for managers and executives interested in becoming lawful permanent residents, providing a convenient way for a small or start-up overseas company to expand its business and services to the United States. The EB1C Green Card enables the transfer of highly proficient staffs who have direct knowledge of the company’s operations and can help in the efficiently setting up a new U.S. branch of the company that complies with the goals and objectives of the main office.

A L1A visa will initially be granted for 3 years for an employee being transferred to an existing US office or 1 year if a new US office is being opened, extendable in 2 year increments to a maximum of 7 years. The US employer can then file a EB1C petition on behalf of the executive or manager after they have been doing business for at least 1 year.

Unlike other employment based categories, the quota for EB1 class petitions generally is never met, therefore, a visa or change of status to EB1 can be obtained as soon as the petition is approved. EB1 cases do not require any test of the US job market either. The process for obtaining EB1 status is much faster than other employment based green card petitions and can be completed in a matter of months.

The prevailing trend in the US is to open the door to highly skilled professionals from more peaceful countries. There is an outcry for a merit system that selects immigrants based on individual skills to replace the current lottery system of granting visas, based on the overwhelming evidence showing that African immigrants make a significant, positive contribution to the U.S. economy in a variety of professional fields.

The immigration service is however hesitant to approve EB1C cases for smaller US companies. That’s where a qualified immigration lawyer with a sound understanding of the legal definitions relating to the US organization and the candidate’s role as either an executive or manager can be of help in compiling and presenting your EB1C petition to make an effective case the satisfaction of an immigration case reviewer. He will help you write the cover letter in such a way as to highlight how the organization is able to support an executive or manager, instead of simply reciting the legal definitions, and claiming that the individual can be qualified as an EB1C executive or manager when the US operation lacks a layered corporate structure.


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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).