When a family welcomes an au pair into its home to provide childcare, they build a relationship of trust, nurturing and cultural exchange that can prove difficult to replace. For the sake of family stability, not to mention an au pair’s desire to stay in the U.S., many families and au pairs wish to extend and solidify the relationship into long-term caregiving. The classic yet hardly foolproof means of doing so was always to change the au pair to another status, usually to something medium-term such as visitor or student; but those do not provide work authorization nor lead to the ability to stay permanently. A far better means of transition involves securing a green card, which is permanent resident status, for the au pair to become a full-time nanny.
That process is not simple, as it does involve three separate government agencies, multiple deadlines, and ever-changing regulations, policies and forms. Added to those are the anxiety and uncertainty caused by extended wait times. At Harris Beach, we recognize that permanent residence in the U.S. is worth the difficulty and work hard to expedite the process.
Our Immigration Law Practice Group assists clients across New York state and the United States in securing permanent resident status for au pairs. While this niche calls upon our vast experience in employment-based immigration, the childcare scenario involves additional issues addressed with our knowledge of family-based and humanitarian immigration law.
The Harris Beach immigration attorneys are devoted to helping families ensure stable relationships with trusted caregivers. We take the time to truly understand the family situation and can be counted on to quickly respond to clients’ questions. This careful attention is critical in the area of immigration, where devastating consequences can arise from violations of Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor regulations. Our clients appreciate it: Department of Labor statistics show we are now processing two-thirds of all nanny green cards in the U.S.
Our Immigration Law Practice Group includes immigration attorneys that work across New York state in our Buffalo, Ithaca, Long Island, New York City, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester offices.
Our services include:
• Gathering information to begin and expedite employment-based sponsorship
• Complying with recruitment-phase requirements for the American labor market
• Filing PERM electronic applications with Department of Labor
• Advising on potential Department of Labor audits
• Coordinating filings with USCIS for adjustment of status
• Preparation for interviews or answering final Requests for Evidence
• Follow-up advice after permanent residence is granted