Writen By: Patrick Findaro
10 to 30 minutes to submit
We review your background to see if you meet the 1st eligibility criteria for the EB-2 NIW. At this stage, our team will analyze your professional history, education, and experience. We will determine what track is right for your proposed endeavor (2nd eligibility criteria).
Scheduled within 5 business days
In order to gain a better understanding of your profile and requirements, we will schedule a free, 30-minute call. During this call, we will discuss important aspects of your case and address any questions you may have.
1–3 days to review agreements before signing
Visa Franchise Fees Due ($3,700 - $9,700)
Once our team confirms that you are a good fit for the EB-2 NIW, you will need to complete our agreement through e-signature and make the payment to proceed. You will engage the independent attorney of your choice through a separate agreement.
Scheduled within 5 business days
Partial Attorneys Fee Due ($6,100 - $7,000)
After you become a Visa Franchise client, our team will arrange a consultation call with an immigration attorney who has previous experience working with us and who is best suited to your profile. After this call, this attorney will send a separate retainer agreement for his services, through which you must sign and engage him independently.
6–9 weeks to complete
I-140 Fee Due ($700)
Our team will initiate the development of your business plan based on your proposed endeavor, and provide support throughout the process of opening a U.S. company and corporate bank account. We will also assist you in obtaining relevant tax ID, document collection, as well as review your CV if necessary. Simultaneously, your chosen immigration attorney will work on preparing an array of documents, including but not limited to: Form I-140, your petition letter, letters of recommendation, and any documentation demonstrating that a labor certification would adversely affect the U.S. national interest, among others. It's important to note that attorneys typically charge around $5000 for their services in facilitating this process, in addition to the government fee of $700 to submit Form I-140.
2–8 months to receive the final decision on the petition
Medical Exam Fee Due ($200 - $500)
Depending on your case, your petition might be approved in about 4 months (October 2023). If you decide to file for premium processing ($2,500 fee), the USCIS is required to provide a decision within 45 days, however, your chances of receiving an RFE increase. An RFE is not to be confused with a denial or rejection. You will be given a timeframe within which the requested information must be provided.
0-15 years (Depending on Visa Bulletin and Country of Birth)
The priority date is marked as the day the USCIS receives your I-140 petition. Be sure to check the monthly visa bulletin released by the Department of State to see if your priority date matches up with the final action date given in the EB-2 category for your birth country.
All remaining government fees due ($565 - $2,195)
Once your date is current, you can either adjust your status if you are in the U.S. under a valid nonimmigrant status, or you can go through consular processing. The median wait time for the I-485 is 9 months (October 2023). Consular processing involves making an appointment with a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country and participating in a one-on-one interview with a consular officer. Government fees for a single candidate, applying through consular processing, should average at $1,700. Immigration attorneys will charge anywhere between $1,000 - $2,000 for this stage.
09-20 Months Processing Time (for individuals not born in India or China as of October 2023)
Congratulations! You and your family are now legal permanent residents of the U.S
The journey ahead is filled with exciting opportunities. It's time to focus on advancing your career, assimilating into American society, and much more!
If needed, we're here to assist you in securing the right job that aligns with your professional background and interests. Additionally, we offer a soft-landing package to ensure your transition to this new chapter in life goes smoothly. Whether it's health insurance, schooling, or housing, you can rely on us!