Employment-Based Immigrant Visas
Are You Eligible for an Employment-Based Green Card?
Not every type of worker is eligible for an employment-based immigrant visa. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is selective about the types of workers that are allowed to apply for green cards.
Employment-based immigrant visas are available to individuals in the following categories:
- EB-1 visa, priority workers: This category includes persons of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, and multinational executives and managers.
- EB-2 visa, professionals with advanced degrees, people with exceptional abilities in the arts, sciences or business: “Advanced degree” means beyond a bachelor’s degree. “Exceptional ability” means having a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the field.
- EB-3 visa, skilled workers, professionals and other workers: “Skilled workers” are those who have a minimum of two years of training or experience (Post-secondary education counts as training); “Professionals” typically must possess a bachelor’s degree, the foreign equivalent, or the equivalent based on a combination of education and work experience; The number of visas available for “other workers” (unskilled workers) is limited.
- EB-4 visa, special immigrants: This category includes nine distinct and very specific sub-types of immigrants, but the majority are special immigrant religious workers.
The success or failure of your employment-based immigrant petition begins with the selection of the most appropriate category. Because of our decades of experience in immigration law, we are well equipped to advise you in these matters.
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