I work for a Marin County based company as a foreign self-employed freelance contractor (software developer), and my client wants to open an office in Los Angeles and invited me to work there.

How to start the case without a physical address in Los Angeles? Should my boss rent an office first despite that he doesn't have anybody to sit in until I get the green card?

  • This belongs on Expatriates. Why does the county matter? It seems to me that a company could sponsor someone at their current address and then subsequently open an office elsewhere. Why would that pose a problem for the sponsored employee? Once admitted to the country on an immigrant visa, he is a permanent resident and enjoys freedom of movement.
    – phoog
    May 30, 2019 at 17:44
  • The county does matter, actually, it's very important. The wage depends on the location for example. Getting and holding green card doesn't provide God mode either, especially If I'll decide I want to go for the citizenship a couple of years later.
    – Devguy
    May 31, 2019 at 1:12

1 Answer 1


Pick out a location then do the paperwork.

  • So we don't need a physical office/address? I know that I can't be home or remote worker because my profession (software developer) considered to be an office job, I might get auditing (+6-12 months processing) if the address is not an office's address.
    – Devguy
    May 29, 2019 at 20:35
  • I'm saying pick the physical address then do the paperwork for your EB-3.
    – Putvi
    May 29, 2019 at 20:37
  • I mean you could buy a building then get the paperwork done while the building is being made ready.
    – Putvi
    May 29, 2019 at 20:39
  • I see, my boss is a bit frustrated by paying $500-1000/month for a totally empty office for months, that's why I'm looking for something smarter solution, but it seems we don't have too many other things to do with this situation :)
    – Devguy
    May 29, 2019 at 20:40
  • You should be able to get it done faster than a few months. Call your local office.
    – Putvi
    May 29, 2019 at 20:46

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