The business of America is business. The power behind our economic engine is the innovation and ingenuity of our workforce. The law provides many avenues that allow for the hiring and retention of foreign national employees. CILG is proud of our contribution to our nation by assisting employers and business to secure foreign talent and helping to make a great country even greater. If we stop to think about all of the tremendous benefits of immigration then it becomes clear why our nation should continue to welcome individuals from varied cultures around the world.

Labor Certification
1st Preference Immigrants;
2nd Preference Immigrants
Other Preferences
National Interest Waivers

Many great inventions have arisen from the minds of great immigrants. Nikola Tesla, an Austrian immigrant, played an influential role in the development of alternating current (AC) electricity and invented the fluorescent light. Ram Labhaya Malik, an immigrant from India, helped invent an air purification system used in the U.S. Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, is an immigrant from Moscow, Russia and no one needs to be told of the influence of Google on our modern society. Twenty-six percent of the U.S. based Nobel Prize winners between the years 1990 and 2000 were immigrants to the United States.

In addition to the individual intellectual contributions to our nation, immigrants contribute tremendously to the economy. Twenty-five percent of the founders of public venture capital supported companies between 1990 and 2005 were immigrants. Successful U.S. companies such as Sun Microsystems, Wang Labs and Intel were founded by immigrants.

Hand in hand with the intellectual and business development benefits are the tremendous benefits the U.S. taxpayer gains. U.S. taxpayers gain a windfall because our federal, state and local governments have not had to fund any education, healthcare, or other benefits for a foreign national who has grown to adulthood in another country. We should keep in mind that 17% of immigrants have bachelor’s level degrees and 12% have graduate degrees. These immigrants are net gains to our community and our economy. Local economies gain tax revenues as immigrants shop in our stores and pay sales taxes, earn income and pay income taxes, and buy homes and pay property taxes. Our local businesses gain because their customer base widens as immigrants establish and live their lives in our local communities.

Our society also benefits because of the knowledge of foreign culture that the immigrant brings with them. This is not simply a “feel good” diversity benefit. In many instances international business depends upon knowledge of local language and customs. A deal can be made or broken based upon the rapport developed between the U.S. business and the business in the foreign country and immigrants bring with them a wealth of knowledge and customs that can help make the deals that grow our economy.

Our immigration laws are broken into preference categories for employment based classifications. Those preferences are dealt with on the tabs above. In addition, prior to filing an actual application for immigration benefits it may be necessary to secure a labor certification from the Department of Labor. The labor certification process and whether a labor certification is needed are dealt with through the tab above.