Atom Law Group is a diverse team of multilingual attorneys working together to bring successful solutions to business and personal legal needs.
In our polarized world, engaging people from both sides is more important than ever. As a company, we believe commerce is the key to bringing different groups together for common goals. By helping each other, we open lines of productive and collaborative communication.
Business immigration facilitates connecting the world through commerce. Atom Law Group practices business immigration law because it supports innovation, growth & economic development and falls in line with our mission, to foster genuine communication and connection of people of diverse backgrounds and interests.
TYPES OF BUSINESS IMMIGRATION
There are several different options for work visas depending on the business, investment opportunity, or field / expertise involved. We work to ensure our clients receive are properly guided and championed through this sometimes daunting process.
Below are 4 types of visas, among others, we handle:
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
This is a “immigration and investment” program that allows foreign nationals to obtain U.S. permanent residency by investing in our economy. To qualify, individuals must invest at least $900,000 in a project located in a “Targeted Employment Area” and create a minimum of 10 jobs for U.S. workers.
E-1 & E-2 Trade or Investor
Temporary visas are available to individuals entering the U.S. based on treaties between the United States and their home country in order to carry out international trade (E-1 Treaty Trader) or to develop and direct an operation in which the individual has or will invest a substantial amount of capital into the U.S. (E-2 Treaty Investor). High level managers, executives, and other essential employees of treaty investor/treaty trader companies may qualify.
L-1 Intracompany Transferee
Individuals who have worked for a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of a U.S. Company as a manager, executive, or specialized knowledge employee and are coming to work for the related U.S. company in a similar capacity may qualify for an L-1 visa.
An H-1B Visa may be available to qualified workers in specialized occupations. Subject to a lottery system due to the number of visas available each year, a U.S. employer may petition for a qualified candidate and this is one way for people who come to the U.S. for higher education in niche fields to stay for hands-on experience in their field.
From employment and investment based green cards to nonimmigrant visas based on investment, employment, or an exchange program such as for trainees, there are many options for business based visas and our highly diverse and experienced team will help you through the process of choosing the best option to fit your specific needs.
BENEFITS OF SUPPORTING BUSINESS IMMIGRATION
In today’s climate the word “immigration” can be highly controversial, but in terms of business immigration, we firmly believe it is a good thing for the country. Collectively, it makes us stronger and smarter by bringing in specialized talent, entrepreneurial innovation, and investments that create new jobs.
Where there is a shortage of highly specialized talent, the ability to increase the pool of qualified people is necessary for the fundamental operation, as well as the growth, of the U.S. economy. Through a variety of work visas we can attract highly trained, accomplished professionals from a wide range of fields – science to academia, engineering to mechanics, and healthcare to the arts.
For example, we are currently experiencing a shortage of specialized aircraft and avionics technicians – a critical component to the safety of our skies. While challenging, through business immigration we have helped U.S. companies fill long-vacant positions with qualified candidates that have even gone on to provide crucial aircraft services to the U.S. military.
Additionally, visas based on investment (grouped in with business immigration) are great for stimulating the U.S. economy because they infuse a significant amount additional capital while creating new jobs opportunities.
As a result, supporting an appropriate and robust business immigration system tailored to the needs of our economy means welcoming new innovation, jobs growth, and economic development.
CHALLENGES WITH BUSINESS IMMIGRATION
Over the past several years the political climate has made the challenge of immigration even trickier and the addition of a global pandemic didn’t help. Even looking towards the future, there are still many challenges that come up with business immigration.
Some visas operate in a lottery system. For example the H1-B category only allows a certain number of applicants and so that only about 62% are selected. This creates problems for workers as well as businesses who find it difficult to pause operations or to effectively plan ahead when faced with the uncertainties of the business immigration system.
For small businesses looking into the immigration process, the task can be daunting. Thus, we recommend using an attorney to champion your needs and to help navigate through the often changing immigration landscape.
COMMERCE IS KEY
The Atom Law Group is a highly diverse team, many members of which are immigrants themselves. We wholeheartedly believe that facilitating real commerce in the U.S. and globally is the key to engaging and bringing different groups of people together for progress. Through business immigration we collectively support innovation, growth, & economic development while fostering genuine communication and connection of people of diverse backgrounds and interests.
SohYoon Atac is founding attorney and partner of Atom Law Group. SohYoon helps closely-held entities and entrepreneurs effectively navigate both the immigration law and business law aspects of doing business in the United States.