Employment-Based Petitions – A lawful permanent resident is a foreign national who has been given the opportunity to permanently reside and work in the U.S. If you have a permanent employment opportunity in the U.S. or if you are an employer that wants to sponsor someone for lawful permanent residency based on permanent employment in the U.S., you may qualify for an employment-based green card. An employer must have labor certification from the Department of Labor in order to sponsor an applicant for most employment categories. Following an approved labor certification, an employer may submit an immigrant visa petition. Upon approval, the State Department will issue the applicant a visa number. Our Attorneys will discuss the different employment-based categories and whether you are eligible to apply. The following are the categories for granting permanent residence based upon employment:
EB-1 Priority workers
This category for granting permanent residence based upon employment apply to foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; managers and executives.
with advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability: This category for granting permanent residence based upon employment apply to foreign nationals of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business; advanced degree professionals; qualified alien physicians who will practice medicine in an area of the U.S. which is underserved.
EB-3 Skilled and professional workers
This category for granting permanent residence based upon employment apply to foreign nations with bachelor’s degrees, skilled workers with a minimum of two years experience.
EB-4 Special Immigrants
This category for granting permanent residence based upon employment applies to foreign national religious workers and U.S. Government workers abroad.
EB5 Residency for Investors
This category for granting permanent residence applies to those who have invested or are actively in the course of investing into a new commercial enterprise. They must meet the qualifications of the required investment amount and they must demonstrate that this investment will benefit the U.S. economy and create the required number of jobs for qualified people in the U.S.
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