Good morning, I am French and my husband is British. We currently live and work in the USA since 5 years, he has a L1 visa ( petition blanket from his Company, transferred from England to the US ) and I have a L2 & EAD to work. We have already renewed our visas once ( original visa was 2011 for 3 years - renewed 2014 for 2 years ) and they expire in July 2016.
My employer (US Company), who is not the one who sponsored the visa, wants me to stay in the US and is willing to sponsor and pay.
However, time frame is really short and we don't know what can be done at this point? They could sponsor me for a green card but I believe the process is quite long.
Could they request a visa for me? If yes which one, H1B? Could my husband work?
Also, our visas show PED expiration date 7/2016 but visa expiration date is 3/2019, does it mean my company could, in a way relay the existing petition, until 2019?
Thank you very much!
You should talk to the company's immigration attorneys.
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It depends. Unfortunately, it's not as simple as "I want to work in the US and have an employer who is willing to sponsor me." US immigration law has a limited number of employment visas, and not all situations cleanly fit into a particular visa category. Moreover, the system is designed in such a way as to protect US workers from being displaced by foreign workers, so most of these employment visas have processes built into them that require the employer to show that such a worker is not available here (with the L1A being a notable exception to that). If you wish to be sponsored for an employment based nonimmigrant or immigrant visa, your first step is to have your sponsor identify the position for which they would like to hire you, including the duties, responsibilities and minimum educational/experience requirements associated with that position. Then, they would need to contact an immigration attorney to determine whether there is a good match between the position, your experience, and a visa. Good luck!
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