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Employment Based Immigrant Visa Petitions
• EB-1 Aliens With Extraordinary Ability:
This visa is available to individuals of “extraordinary ability” in the arts, science, education, business, or athletics, and outstanding professors and researchers, multinational managers and executives. This visa is available to persons who have risen to the very top of their field of endeavor and have a demonstrated sustained national or international acclaim. No job offer or labor certification is required for this category. This category is divided in 3:
-EB-1(a): Persons of “extraordinary” ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics;
-EB-1(b): Outstanding professors and researchers;
-EB-1(c): Certain executives and managers subject to an international transfer to the U.S.
EB-2 Professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional ability:
There are two subgroups within this category: Professionals holding an advanced degree (beyond a baccalaureate degree) or a baccalaureate degree and at least five years’ progressive experience in the profession; and Persons with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business. Exceptional ability means having a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered within the field. visas.)
• EB-3 Skilled workers, professionals and unskilled workers:
This visa is available to skilled workers with at least two years of training or experience, professionals with college degrees, or “other” workers for unskilled labor that is not temporary or seasonal. Skilled workers are those in positions that require a minimum of two years of training or experience. Professionals must possess a bachelor’s degree or foreign degree equivalent. A labor certification and a permanent, full-time job offer are required for all EB-3 visas. The application requires a Form I-140 to be filled. The application must also include evidence that the individual meets all the requirements for the job.
EB-4 Certain special immigrants:
This visa is available to certain “special immigrants” including religious workers, special immigrant juveniles, employees of U.S. foreign service posts, translators, former U.S. government employees and other noncitizens.
Religious workers must demonstrate two years of membership in a religious denomination having a nonprofit status in the United States immediately before the filing of the visa petition. The noncitizen religious workers must be coming to work full time in a compensated position.
Special Immigrant Juveniles must have been declared a dependent by a U.S. juvenile court and not be able to reunite with their parents due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
EB-5 Immigrant Investor:
This visa is available to noncitizens who will invest $500,000 to $1 million in a job-creating enterprise that employs at least 10 full-time U.S. workers. The visa allows for conditional residency and the removal of conditional residency 90 days before the second anniversary of conditional residency.