Employment-Based Immigration

Employment-based immigration is subject to a system of preferences, and priority dates that are reported monthly in the Visa Bulletin, as explained on the Family-based immigration page.

The employment-based preference categories are:

  • EB-1 (Employment-based first preference)
    • Persons of extraordinary ability (defined by law)
    •   Outstanding researchers and professors
    •   Multinational executives and managers
  • EB-2
    • Persons of exceptional ability
    • Members of the professions holding advanced degrees
  • EB-3
    • Skilled workers
    • Professionals
    • Other workers
  • EB-4
    • Special immigrants (including religious workers and other specific categories
  • EB-5
    • Employment creation

Note that each sub-category is the subject of substantial law and specific requirements.

Of significance is that most employment-based immigration cases require a labor certification before the employer can file a petition on behalf of the prospective employee. The labor certification process is through the U.S Department of Labor. It requires the employer demonstrate recruitment efforts, that the proper wage is being paid, the qualifications for the job, that the qualifications the employer requires are actually necessary for the job, and more. Through this process the Department of Labor literally certifies the job as being one for which there are not Americans available to do.

There are two exceptions to the labor certification requirement. EB-1’s do not need a labor certification, and some EB-1 categories are eligible to self-petition without having an employer file a petition on their behalf.   EB-2’s do not need a labor certification if they can obtain a waiver of that requirement by showing the work they are doing is important to the national interest of the U.S.   This is called a National Interest Waiver.

As with every type of visa, the prospective employee must not be subject to any grounds of inadmissibility, or if he or she is, then there must be a waiver available, and he or she must qualify for the waiver.

This is general information and does not constitute legal advice; each case must be analyzed independently. Nothing here creates an attorney/client relationship; each potential client must set up an appointment for proper analysis, and written agreement if after a full analysis we both agree in writing that we accept to represent the case and you also agree that you want us to represent your case as detailed specifically in the written contract.

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