U.S. Permanent Resident

 

U.S. Permanent Residency Employment-based Categories

Under the U.S. immigration system, there are five types of employment-based permanent residency petitions which are classified in the order of priority.  These types are allocated percentages of the total world-wide yearly numerical limit.  Filing requirements and a brief description of the first two categories are included. 

EB-1 Priority Workers

  • Foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics
    • Employment, employer sponsor and labor certification not required
    • Those who have risen to the top of their fields
  • Foreign national who are outstanding professors or researchers
    • Employer must file the petition on behalf of the applicant; employment/job offer is required; labor certification not required
    • At least three years experience in teaching or research, recognized internationally
  • Foreign nationals who are managers and executives subject to international transfer to the United States (not applicable for UAF purposes)

EB-2 Professionals with advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability in the Arts, Sciences or Business
All applicants in this category must have petitions filed by employers on behalf of their applicants, employment/job offers and U.S. Department of Labor approved labor certifications, with the exception of National Interest Waiver.

  • Foreign nationals of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business
    • Degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered within the field
  • Foreign nationals who are advanced degree professionals
    • Employer must file the petition on behalf of the applicant; employment/job offer required
    • Professional must have an advanced degree beyond a bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s degree and at least five years professional experience
  • National Interest Waiver

Detailed category information and eligibility requirements are below and also at www.uscis.gov Permanent Workers.

EB-1 Priority Workers

EB-2 Professionals with advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability in the Arts, Sciences or Business

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