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We empower immigrant entrepreneurs by providing expert legal guidance on navigating complex immigration processes and securing the right visas. Our dedicated team ensures your successful transition into the U.S. market, allowing you to focus on take your ventures further.

We specialize in assisting international investors and entrepreneurs with E-1 and E-2 visas to establish and expand their business in the United States. Our team of experts has decades of experience in procuring E-1 and E-2 visas for foreign nationals and can help you navigate the complex process with ease.

Entrepreneur Immigration

E Visa Business and Investor Group

Our E Visa Business and Investor Group provides comprehensive support to clients who are looking to establish or expand their operations in the United States. We offer a range of services, including:

  • Business planning and E visa matters for real estate ventures, technology start-ups, business acquisitions, or new business formations
  • Strategic advice on starting and operating a new venture to secure immigration benefits
  • Business modeling, legal entity selection, and business plan preparation and revision
  • Business document preparation for incorporations and owner agreements

E-1 Visa

If you have historically engaged in significant trade in products or services with the United States, you may be eligible for an E-1 visa. Our team of attorneys specializes in procuring E-1 status for foreign nationals and can assist you with:

  • Establishing import/export operations in anticipation of seeking E-1 status at a later date
  • Meeting E-1 visa requirements, including formation, corporate strategy, and expanding workforce through foreign employee sponsorship
  • Providing guidance throughout the application process to ensure a successful outcome

E-2 Visa – Treaty Investors

Our team is experienced in handling complex E-2 visa cases and has a proven track record of success. We can help you navigate the statutory and regulatory requirements to achieve your E-2 visa. Our services include:

  • Developing strategies to effectively navigate the visa application process
  • Staying informed on changes related to policies and procedures affecting E visa cases
  • Assisting E-2 designated businesses in petitioning for foreign employees with special qualifications that are essential for the business

Related Services

In addition to our E-1 and E-2 visa services, we provide the following related services to help our clients achieve their business goals:

  • Non-immigrant visas: We assist clients with a variety of non-immigrant visas, including B-1/B-2 visitor visas, L-1 intracompany transferee visas, H-1B visas for specialty occupation workers, and more.
  • Permanent residency: We help clients obtain permanent residency in the United States through family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and other avenues.
  • Corporate and business law: Our team has experience in advising businesses on corporate formation, governance, contracts, and transactions.
  • Mergers and acquisitions: We assist clients with mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions that involve foreign investors.
  • Consular processing: We represent clients in consular processing matters, including visa applications and interview preparation.

Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher/Professor. The US offers a wide range of both temporary visas and permanent resident visas (i.e. green cards) for employers, employees, investors, entrepreneurs, and others coming to the U.S. for employment or business-related purposes. We are experts in all aspects of employment and business-based immigration, and can help you successfully navigate all of the law’s intricate requirements.

EB-1 Visa

EB-1A Extraordinary Ability in the Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletes

  • For aliens with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.
  • Applicant must show sustained national or international acclaim and benefit the US.
  • Evidence required: major one-time achievement, or three of the following:
  • Receipt of lesser nationally or internationally recognized prizes or awards
  • Membership in an association in the field for which classification is sought
  • Published material in professional or major trade publications or other major media
  • Participation as a judge of the work of others
  • Evidence of original scientific, scholastic, artistic, athletic, or business-related contributions of major significance
  • Authorship of scholarly articles in the field
  • Artistic exhibitions or showcases
  • Performance in a leading or cultural role for organizations or establishments with a distinguished reputation
  • High salary or remuneration in relation to others in the field
  • Commercial success in the performing arts
  • No labor certification required.

EB-1B Outstanding Researchers and Professors

  • For outstanding researchers and professors.
  • Must be recognized as outstanding in a specific academic area.
  • At least three years of experience in teaching or research in the academic area required.
  • Must be seeking entry to the U.S. to assume a:
  • Tenured (or tenure track) teaching position within a university or institution of higher education,
  • Comparable position at a university or institute of higher education to conduct research, or
  • Comparable position to conduct research with a private employer if it employs at least three full-time researchers and the department, division, or institution has achieved documented accomplishments in an academic field.
  • No labor certification required.

EB-1C Multinational Executives and Managers

  • For multinational executives and managers.
  • Must have been employed abroad for one year in the last three years by a firm, corporation, or other legal entity in a managerial or executive capacity.
  • Must be seeking to enter the United States to render services to the same employer or to a subsidiary or affiliate thereof in a capacity that is managerial or executive in nature.
  • One year in the last three requirements can be met even if the person has been in the U.S. for more than three years.
  • The prospective United States employer must have been doing business for at least one year.
  • No labor certification required.

Advanced Degree, Exceptional Ability or National Interest Waiver. Are you a highly skilled professional looking to immigrate to the United States for permanent residency? The EB-2 category may be for you. There are three subcategories of the EB-2 category: members of the professions holding an advanced degree or the equivalent, exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, and national interest waiver.

EB-2 Visa

EB-2 Members of the Professions Holding an Advanced Degree or the Equivalent

To qualify for the EB-2 category for members of the professions holding an advanced degree or the equivalent, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A job offer and labor certification from the Department of Labor are generally required.
  • The advanced degree requirement is satisfied by a U.S. master’s degree or higher or a foreign degree evaluated to be the equivalent of a U.S. master’s degree or higher.
  • Alternatively, a U.S. bachelor’s degree or foreign degree plus five years of progressively more responsible experience can also satisfy the advanced degree requirement.

It's important to note that there is an interpretive conflict between the Department of Labor and USCIS with regard to the EB-2 educational and experience requirements. Thus, it's highly recommended that competent counsel be retained to navigate this thorny issue.

EB-2 Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts, or Business

To qualify for the EB-2 category for exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in those fields by demonstrating any three of the following:
  • Degree relating to area of exceptional ability
  • Letter from current or former employer showing at least 10 years of experience
  • License to practice profession
  • Commanding a salary or remuneration demonstrating exceptional ability
  • Membership in a professional association
  • Recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, governmental entities, or professional or business organizations
  • Specifically demonstrate how you will substantially and prospectively benefit the national economy, cultural or educational interests, or welfare of the U.S.
  • A job offer and labor certification from the Department of Labor are required.

EB-2 National Interest Waiver

Aliens seeking a National Interest Waiver (NIW) are seeking EB-2 permanent residence, but requesting that USCIS waive the labor certification and job offer normally required of EB-2 applicants. All EB-2 applicants (including NIW seekers) must first qualify as either an advanced degree professional or an alien of exceptional ability. Most NIWs are granted to those having exceptional ability. The initial criteria for an NIW are:

  • The person seeks employment in an area of substantial intrinsic merit
  • The benefit will be national in scope
  • The national interest would be adversely affected if a labor certification were required.

By obtaining an NIW, the applicant is essentially self-petitioning, and does not need a job offer or employer sponsor. This can be especially advantageous for entrepreneurs, researchers, and those in other fields where traditional employment relationships are not common. However, the standard for demonstrating national interest is high, and it is essential to work with experienced immigration counsel to build a compelling case.

Professionals, Skilled Workers, and Unskilled/Other Workers. Are you a professional, skilled worker, or unskilled/other worker looking to immigrate to the United States? The EB-3 visa is a third preference employment-based immigration category that allows individuals to come to the U.S. for work purposes.

EB-3 Visa

EB-3 Professionals

Do you have a U.S. baccalaureate degree or foreign degree equivalent? Do you possess skills and experience that will enable you to work in the U.S.? If so, you may qualify for the EB-3 professional category. To qualify, you must demonstrate that a baccalaureate degree is the normal requirement for entry into your occupation and that you possess the necessary qualifications.

  • Requirement: Possess a U.S. baccalaureate degree or foreign degree equivalent
  • Requirement: Baccalaureate degree must be the normal requirement for entry into your occupation
  • Requirement: Qualified workers are not available in the United States

EB-3 Skilled Workers

Have you had at least two years of job experience or training? If so, you may qualify for the EB-3 skilled worker category. To qualify, you must demonstrate that you possess the necessary skills and experience to work in the U.S.

  • Requirement: At least two years of job experience or training
  • Requirement: Qualified workers are not available in the United States

EB-3 Unskilled/Other Workers

Are you capable of performing unskilled labor that requires less than two years of training or experience? If so, you may qualify for the EB-3 unskilled/other worker category. To qualify, you must demonstrate that you possess the necessary skills and experience to work in the U.S.

  • Requirement: Capable of performing unskilled labor requiring less than two years training or experience
  • Requirement: Qualified workers are not available in the United States

Are you a foreign national looking for an opportunity to invest in a business in the United States? The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program offers foreign investors the opportunity to obtain permanent residency status in exchange for investing in businesses in the US.

EB-5 Visa

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is a non-permanent residency visa category that allows foreign investors to obtain permanent residency status in the United States in exchange for investing in a qualifying US commercial enterprise. The program is designed to encourage foreign investment in the US economy and the creation of jobs for American workers. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • A minimum investment of $1,000,000 is required (or $500,000 if invested in certain “targeted employment areas”).
  • The investor must create at least ten full-time jobs for qualifying US workers.
  • The investor must be actively involved in the management of the commercial enterprise.

Benefits of the EB-5 Visa Program

Here are some of the benefits of the EB-5 visa program:

  • The opportunity to obtain permanent residency status in the United States for yourself, your spouse, and any unmarried children under the age of 21.
  • No requirement for a job offer or labor certification.
  • No requirement for specialized skills or education.
  • No requirement for language proficiency or previous business experience.
  • The ability to live, work, and study anywhere in the United States.
  • The ability to travel outside of the United States without losing your residency status.

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is an excellent opportunity for foreign investors who wish to obtain permanent residency status in the United States. If you are considering investing in a US commercial enterprise, we encourage you to contact our experienced team of immigration experts who can guide you through the EB-5 process and help you achieve your American Dream.

Protect Your Right to Remain in the United States. Deportation proceedings can occur for various reasons, and without proper legal representation, individuals risk being removed from the US. We understand the challenges of deportation defense, and our team is committed to helping you fight to stay in the US.

Deportation Defense Litigation

We have a long-standing reputation for providing top-tier deportation defense. Our team of experts includes former immigration court staff attorneys, Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs). Our team has decades of experience representing clients in various deportation defense matters, including seeking release from immigration detention, cancellation of removal, and terminating or administratively closing removal proceedings.

We are particularly skilled in the following deportation defense matters:

  • Seeking Release from Immigration Detention: We can assist clients in obtaining bond or release from detention.
  • Cancellation of Removal: We help clients qualify for cancellation of removal, which allows certain noncitizens to obtain lawful permanent residency if they meet specific requirements.
  • Terminating or Administratively Closing Removal Proceedings: Our attorneys can help clients terminate removal proceedings or administratively close them, allowing individuals to avoid deportation.
  • Motions to Reopen and to Reconsider: We can file motions to reopen or reconsider previous decisions made by immigration courts.
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility: We help clients obtain waivers of inadmissibility, which allows individuals to overcome certain grounds of inadmissibility.
  • Adjustment of Status and Readjustment of Status: Our attorneys can assist clients in adjusting their status to lawful permanent residency or readjusting their status if they have already been granted lawful permanent residency.

We understand the importance of protecting your right to remain in the United States. Our team is committed to providing the best deportation defense available, and we are prepared to represent you before an immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or a federal circuit court of appeals.

Don't face deportation proceedings alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Do you want to unite with your family members in the United States? Whether you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, or you have a more distant family relationship? We are here to help you navigate the complex world of family-based immigration law.

Family-Based Immigration

Immediate Relatives of United States Citizens

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are eligible for the most favorable treatment under immigration law. This includes spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens who are over 21 years of age.

Other Family Members

Other family members may also be eligible to obtain permanent residency through a family-based immigration petition. This includes:

  • Spouses and unmarried children of permanent residents
  • Married children of U.S. citizens• Brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens

Employment Based

If you are an employer in the United States and want to sponsor an employee for a green card, or if you are an individual seeking permanent residency through employment, Verdin can assist you with the following:

  • EB-1 visas for persons with extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, and multinational executives and managers
  • EB-2 visas for professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional ability
  • EB-3 visas for skilled workers and professionals, and other workers

Family-Based Non-Permanent Residency

Are you engaged to a U.S. citizen or married to a U.S. citizen but still waiting for your green card to be processed? Verdin can help you obtain temporary non-immigrant status while you wait for your permanent residency to be granted through the following:

  • K-1 Fiance(e) visas
  • K-3 Spouse visas

U Visas and VAWA

At Verdin, we believe that everyone deserves justice and protection, regardless of their immigration status. If you have been the victim of a crime, you may be eligible for the following forms of relief:

  • U non-immigrant status (U visa)
  • Adjustment of status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • VAWA cancellation of removal

Our team has extensive experience in helping immigrants obtain legal status and permanent residency based on their victimization. Don’t let fear of deportation prevent you from seeking the justice and protection you deserve.

Our goal is to keep your family together. Whether you are seeking permanent residency through a family relationship or temporary non-immigrant status while you wait for your green card, our experts are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Why Verdin Law

Why our clients love working with us.

COMPETENT.

With 25+ years of specializing in business immigration, we have the expertise to guide entrepreneurs through the complex US immigration process.

COMPREHENSIVE.

We take a personalized approach to each case and develop a customized immigration strategy tailored to our clients' individual circumstances.

COMMITED.

We are committed to providing exceptional client service, being responsive to our clients' needs and concerns, and working tirelessly to ensure their success.

COMMUNICATION.

We prioritize open and honest communication, keeping our clients updated and informed throughout the process to ensure their satisfaction.

Our Process

We'll be with you every step of the way.

Initial consultation

Determine goals. Review the process.

We'll discuss your goals, review your qualifications, and explain the process and timeline for obtaining your visa.

Document collection

Business plans, financials, etc.

We'll work with you to gather all necessary documents to support your application, such as business plans, financial statements, and letters of support.

Application preparation

Accurate completion of documents.

We will prepare your application and ensure accurate completion of required forms and documentation.

Submission & follow-up

Monitor application status.

We'll monitor the application status and work with government agencies to ensure timely processing. We'll request additional documentation if necessary.

Step 5

Approval & arrival

Facilitate transition into the US.

We'll assist you in obtaining your visa and ensuring a smooth arrival in the United States.

Testimonials

"His approach made me feel like he took my case personally. He was always available, made sure there were no issues, and simplified the process for me to understand."

Rishi Shrivestava

"I spoke with several lawyers before finding Mr. Verdin, but they didn't have the expertise I needed for the E2 Visa. Mr. Verdin had the knowledge and experience that I was looking for."

Mostafa Ibrahim

"When he sent me over a timeline e-mail with the process percentage of where we were at, that’s when I knew I was in good hands."

Omar Sebita

"Everyone at Verdin has proven to be reliable, trustworthy, and flexible. It's great to have a law firm that I can depend on."

Rodrigo Valencia