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Carlo Franco L. Borja is a licensed attorney in California and is authorized to represent clients in immigration matters nationwide. Based in Southern California, the immigration law firm serves clients mainly in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County including, but not limited to: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Habra, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Adelanto, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, Victorville, Corona, Eastvale, Hemet, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Moreno Valley. Murrieta, Norco, Perris, Palm Springs, Riverside, Temecula and surrounding areas. Filipino Immigration lawyer representing clients in all US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. 
Employment Based Immigration
Employment based immigration is broad in scope and covers different types of immigration processes that enable foreign nationals to work legally in the United States, whether they be temporary in nature or one that grants permanent resident status in the U.S. In most instances, a U.S. employer is required to file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) for the foreign national to be able to work legally in the U.S. but in some cases, the foreign national may self-petition or may obtain a green card through investment in a U.S. business.
Non-immigrant employment-based visa classifications are those that are temporary in nature and are issued for a specified duration, after which, the foreign worker would need to either seek an extension, if permitted, or depart the U.S. One of the most popular non-immigrant employment-based classifications is the H1B, which is issued to those who will be employed in specialty occupations. Other common non-immigrant employment based visa classifications include:
As explained above, foreign nationals may also obtain permanent resident status in the U.S. or acquire a “green card” through employment. Again, a U.S. employer is usually required to sponsor the foreign national although in some cases, the foreign national may self-petition or obtain a green card through their investment in a U.S. enterprise. Below are the different types of employment based immigrant categories:
  • First Preference (EB1):  Extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; Outstanding professors and researchers; Multinational managers or executives
  • Second Preference (EB2): Advanced  Degree Professionals; Exceptional ability; National Interest Waiver
  • Third Preference (EB3): Professionals; Skilled Workers; Other Workers
  • Fourth Preference (EB4): Religious Workers and Other Special Immigrants
  • Fifth Preference (EB5): Immigrant Investors
If you are an employer who intends to sponsor a foreign worker or a foreign national who wishes to work legally in the U.S., feel free to contact the Law Office of Carlo Borja so we can assess if you qualify for any of the employment based non-immigrant or immigrant categories and assist you in the process.