Dear Sophie: Can I hire an engineer whose green card is being sponsored by another company? – TechCrunch


Right here’s one other version of “Expensive Sophie,” the recommendation column that solutions immigration-related questions on working at know-how corporations.

“Your questions are important to the unfold of data that permits individuals everywhere in the world to rise above borders and pursue their desires,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration lawyer. “Whether or not you’re in individuals ops, a founder or in search of a job in Silicon Valley, I’d like to reply your questions in my subsequent column.”

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Expensive Sophie,

I wish to lengthen a proposal to an engineer who has been working within the U.S. on an H-1B for nearly 5 years. Her present employer is sponsoring her for an EB-2 inexperienced card, and our startup desires to rent her as a senior engineer.

What occurs to her inexperienced card course of? Can we take it over?

— Recruiting in Richmond

Expensive Recruiting,

Congrats on discovering the best candidate on your position. Your startup’s potential to take over the EB-2 inexperienced card course of for this candidate — or whether or not you need to begin the inexperienced card course of from the start — relies on the place she is within the inexperienced card course of and whether or not the place you’re providing is much like her present position.

Take a take heed to my podcast by which my colleague, Gilberto Orozco Jr., an affiliate lawyer at my agency, and I focus on the American Competitiveness within the 21st Century Act — or AC21 — together with “inexperienced card portability.”

Enacted in 2000, AC21 offers worldwide expertise in sure conditions the flexibleness to vary jobs throughout the inexperienced card course of and the flexibility to increase an H-1B visa past the six-year restrict to keep away from having to go away the US whereas ready for a inexperienced card. I like to recommend discussing your scenario and objectives with an skilled immigration lawyer to find out your choices.

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The method for EB-2 inexperienced playing cards

As I discussed earlier, what occurs to the inexperienced card course of in case your candidate modifications jobs relies on the place she is within the EB-2 inexperienced card course of. There are two varieties of EB-2 inexperienced playing cards which have barely completely different processes:

The EB-2 inexperienced card requires an employer sponsor and has a three-step course of:

  1. Getting PERM (Program Digital Assessment Administration) labor certification from the U.S. Division of Labor.
  2. Submitting a inexperienced card petition (Kind I-140) to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS) for approval.
  3. Getting USCIS approval after submitting an adjustment of standing to everlasting residence software (Kind I-485), which could be filed together with Kind I-140 relying on whether or not an EB-2 inexperienced card quantity is offered primarily based on the candidate’s nation of beginning, and being interviewed by a USCIS officer or acquiring a inexperienced card overseas via consular processing and the State Division.


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