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Filing for an future employment based green card through a small consulting and services firm - is it possible?

Irvine, CA |

Hi -

This 10-12 person company is looking to expand into a healthcare related consulting domain in the next couple of years. My wife has a healthcare background with an advanced degree with relevant experience with very well regarded employers and schools. This company is ready to make a good offer for a future employment and file for a green card right now. She is currently working for another employer who is dragging their feet on filing for a green card.

How likely are we to succeed with such a green card filing and / or audited? The company is legitimate, has clients, tax filings and revenue to prove it all and they're genuinely interested for a high up role.

Please no generic response or disguised sales pitches.

The company is profitable and can pay the prevailing wage for at least an year before assessing the feasibility of the expansion

Attorney Answers 6

  1. Is the employer profitable? It sounds like a legitimate company, but one of the primary requirements in employment-based sponsorship is that the company must have the ability to pay the prevailing wage from the priority date. This is an issue that a number of start-up petitions run into, so this would need to be evaluated closely. The company can use net assets or income to meet the ability to pay requirement. This is just one of a number of variables to consider prior to embarking down the labor certification/employment petition/green card path.

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  2. Everything is possible. At this day and age, any legitimate aspiration is fulfillable with hard work and proper guidance. Hire an immigration attorney for a consultation during which you would be able to assuage your curiosity.

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  3. You would need to be paid the prevailing wage in your area for such a position. If the company cannot afford to pay you that much, it might not be possible.

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  4. How about you mention some of the drawbacks that you see which makes you doubt this filing?

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  5. Small companies do a lot of green card filing. It is more difficult to prove ability to pay if the employee is not working for them. If it is an option, suggest your wife work for them on a H1 while the green card filing is ongoing. Makes the petition easier to approve. Check out the faqs at . I've responded to several questions related to 140 filings under the "Ask Anu" section. Good luck!

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  6. The most important requirement to consider is the company's ability to pay the prevailing wage for your position at the time of the priority date. There are other factors that the USCIS may consider when making that determination i.e. Company assets, Previous earnings etc but if the company is not profitable then you're I-140 petition will most likely not get approved. Good luck.

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