Summary of the immigration process and possible visa options for living and working in the US
Generally, how do companies proceed through the U.S. immigration system to establish a new business entity in Pennsylvania?
What are the most common types of visas used by foreign companies, when setting up their first United States subsidiaries?
I have decided to set up a subsidiary in Pennsylvania. As a senior manager of my company, may I come to Pennsylvania on a regular basis to set up my business and take care of initial formalities?
If I set up my business in Pennsylvania can I bring over some of my key managerial and technical personnel to operate the U.S. subsidiary for 2 or 3 years?
If I come to the U.S. to direct my company’s U.S. subsidiary, can my spouse and children work in the U.S. as well?
Can I do all the paperwork for the visa applications myself or is it better to work with a specialized immigration lawyer?
How long does it typically take to obtain an L-1 or H-1B visa?
How much does it typically cost to obtain a visa (including both legal fees and USCIS fees)?
Under what circumstances may parties apply for a treaty trader/investor’s visa (E-1 or E-2)? How much funds must a firm invest in the U.S. to be eligible for these types of visas?
What is a “green card” and should I obtain one for my employees in the U.S.?
How do I find a good immigration lawyer in Pennsylvania?
Is there a route to legal permanent residency (green card status) by direct investment in Pennsylvania?