Charleston, SC Immigration Lawyer
Occam Immigration is a full service law practice focusing exclusively on matters involving federal immigration law. If you need an immigration attorney to help with immigration visa applications in Charleston, South Carolina, we can help. Our office is situated in downtown Charleston, just a few miles from the Charleston USCIS Field Office where biometrics appointments, immigration interviews, and InfoPass appointments are held.
business based visas
We recognize that many Charleston area businesses need professional assistance when considering employing foreign workers. We work with you on all aspects of this important business decision, from a simple consultation with a small business on the benefits and consequences of employing foreign nationals, to preparing petitions for corporations continuously bringing foreign nationals to train or work at the company’s South Carolina locations.
Family Based Visas
Charleston is attracting new residents from all over the world. If you live in Charleston, Goose Creek, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, or anywhere is the tri-county area, and are marrying a foreign national or bringing your family to the Unites States join you, our immigration attorney and team can help you with green card applications, international adoptions, naturalization, certificates of citizenship, etc. We will prepare the USCIS and Department of State application packages according to their standards, handle communication with government agencies, and prepare you for interviews at the USCIS Charleston Field Office or U.S. Consulates abroad. Call us today for a free consultation.
These are visas for individuals who seek to work in the United States through investment and without the sponsorship of a U.S. employer.
- Investment-based Permanent Immigrant Visas – This is the employment-creation visa, which allows foreigners to gain conditional permanent residence status in the United States to enhance employment opportunities for American workers. Investment minimums vary from $500,000 USD to $1,000,000 USD, depending on the area in which the investment will be made. A condition is placed on the foreign investor for two years, after which the investor may petition for the condition to be removed and to be granted Lawful Permanent Residence.
- Investment-based Temporary “Treaty” Visas – Foreigners from certain nations that have trade treaties with the United States may qualify for an E-1 visa to enter into the United States to conduct substantial trade that is principally between the U.S. and the treaty country. Individuals from certain treaty nations may also qualify for an E-2 visa to enter into the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a U.S. businesses in which the foreigner is investing substantial capital.
Investment-based visas are often complex, requiring significant proof of origin of funds and selecting acceptable investments. The nature of these investments means that we work with our clients over an extended period of time to ensure all aspects of the business are compliant with USCIS requirements.
The Charleston USCIS Field Office services the following South Carolina counties:
Allendale County, Aiken County*, Bamberg County, Barnwell County, Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Calhoun County, Charleston County, Chesterfield County*, Clarendon County, Colleton County, Darlington County, Dillon County, Dorchester County, Edgefield County*, Fairfield County*, Florence County, Georgetown County, Kershaw County*, Hampton County, Horry County, Jasper County, Lancaster County*, Lexington County*, Lee County, Marion County, Marlboro County, Newberry County *, Orangeburg County, Richland County*, Saluda County*, Sumter County, Williamsburg County
* some zip codes in these counties are serviced by the Greer Field Office