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US Employment-Based Visas for Foreign Permanent Workers

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"Do you want to move to the United States for permanent work? Are you confused about where to start? The US government offers a set of Employment-Based Visa programs for foreign workers who want to immigrate to the US."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 12, 2021
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Do you want to move to the United States for permanent work? Are you confused about where to start? The US government offers a set of Employment-Based Visa programs for foreign workers who want to immigrate to the US.

Millions of foreign nationals travel to the US every year with a plan to settle there permanently. Having the right combination of skills, education, work experience and opportunity will enable you to successfully live and work in the United States.

What Are Some Employment-Based Visa Options for Permanent Workers?

Employment-Based First Preference: EB-1 Visa

The EB-1 Visa is for foreign workers with an extraordinary ability as a professor, researcher, or an executive or manager of a multinational company. See our EB-1 - Visa Business Plan service.

Extraordinary ability is defined as talent in the sciences, arts, academics, business or athletics demonstrated through domestic or international acclaim. Your achievements must be recognized and verifiable through documentation.

An outstanding professor or researcher is someone who has achieved acclaim in a particular academic discipline. Having at least 3 years of work experience in teaching or research will make you eligible for this term.

To qualify for the visa program, your work experience must be trackable and you must be coming to the US to pursue tenure or occupy a research position at a university or other higher education institution. 

You must have a valid job offer from a university, higher education institution, department division or private institution.

As a multinational executive or manager, you must have worked in your occupation for at least 1 year outside the US in the last 3 years. You must be coming to the US to continue your job in the US organization with the same employer. 

To apply for the EB-1 Visa, you or your employer must:

  • Review the instructions for Form I-140
  • Pay the required fee
  • Provide the required documents and evidence

Employment-Based Second Preference: EB-2 Visa

The EB-2 Visa program is for applicants with an advanced degree or extraordinary ability. See our E-2 Visa Business Plan service.

You must be able to demonstrate extraordinary ability in science, arts, business or any field that will provide significant benefit to the US economy and their culture or educational interests. 

To apply for this visa program, you or your employer must:

  • Review the Form I-140
  • Submit a completed and signed Form I-140
  • Pay the required fee
  • Provide all supporting documents and evidence
Employment-Based Third Preference: EB-3 Visa

The EB-3 Visa program is for skilled and unskilled workers and professionals with the required skills, education and work experience.

As a skilled worker, you require work experience of at least 2 years that is not for temporary or seasonal employment.

As an unskilled worker, you require less than 2 years of training or work experience for permanent, nonseasonal occupation.

As a professional, you require at least a baccalaureate degree from a US institution or a foreign equivalent for your occupation. 

To apply for this visa program, you or your employer must:

  • Review the instructions on Form I-140
  • Receive an approved Application for Permanent Labor Certification from the US Labor Department if necessary 
  • Submit a completed and signed Form I-140
  • Pay the required fee
  • Provide the supporting evidence and documents

Employment-Based Fourth Preference: EB-4 Visa

The EB-4 Visa program is for the following individuals:

  • Religious workers
  • Panama Canal Company employees, Canal Zone government employees or US government in the Canal Zone
  • Physicians
  • G-4 International organization employee or family member or NATO-6 employee or family member
  • An Afghanistan or Iraq national working with the US armed forces as a translator
  • An Iraq national working on behalf of the US government in Iraq or an Afghanistan national working on the behalf of the US government or the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

To apply for this visa program:

  • Review the instructions for Form I-360
  • Submit a completed and signed Form I-360
  • Pay the required filing fee
  • Provide all required evidence and supporting documentation

Employment-Based Fifth Preference: EB-5 Visa

The EB-5 Visa is a regional center, public or private in the United States that is concerned with promoting the economic development of that region.

These regional centers are designated by the USCIS and they participate in the Immigrant Investor Program. To qualify as a regional center, one must file Form I-924 and have an investment from $500,000USD to $1,000,000USD.

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