How can business owners sponsor immigrants?

Perhaps you noticed a job opening in Atlanta that you feel well-qualified for. To work in the U.S., you must explore your options for employers willing to sponsor immigrants.

Chron describes the steps company owners must complete when sponsoring immigrant employees. Understand the process so you may help interested companies bring you onto the team.

Application for Permanent Labor Certification

Companies interested in sponsoring immigrant employees may first need to complete an Application for Permanent Labor Certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. The application may only become necessary for specific employees.

After official parties approve the application, business owners must next complete Form I-140, which is the Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Depending on the employment type, the company could need to complete Form I-360, the Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant.

Sponsor qualifications

To qualify for sponsorship, you must meet specific qualifications. You must possess special job training or an advanced degree. Usually, well-educated professionals like managers, doctors, researchers, executives and professors qualify for sponsorship. If you do not have an advanced degree or the right training, you need a sought-after skill that few U.S. job candidates possess.

Definition of “sponsor”

What does it mean if a company sponsors you? If the Department of Labor approves your applications, the business owner offering sponsorship employs you and gives you the predominant wage for your position. The company also affirms your integrity, abilities and training.

Next steps

Once you receive your work visa and move to the U.S., you may later qualify for applying for permanent residency and becoming a U.S. citizen.

It takes time to complete the employment immigration process. By educating yourself on how everything works from all angles, you may save time and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing what to expect.