Employment Based Immigration Visas
Counsel from a Fort Lauderdale Immigration Attorney
The right to immigrate to the United States is in high demand across the
world, and in an effort to control the flow of people into this country
the Federal Government places tight restrictions on the numbers of visas
which are issued every year. Individuals who need to immigrate for reasons
of employment are given a higher priority, but even this is highly limited-only
approximately 140,000 visas are issued for employment based immigration
annually. In order to secure one of these visas, you will have to be able
to demonstrate that you fit into one of five
employment preference categories:
EB1 - Priority Workers
Includes people who have extraordinary ability in the arts, science, business
or other fields, and who can demonstrate that they have received extensive
recognition of their achievements and accomplishments. For this category,
it is not necessary to have already been offered employment in this country-the
government is eager to accept persons of this character into the United
States. Also includes individuals who have been employed for at least
three years overseas as multinational managers or executives of U.S. companies,
as well as outstanding professors and researchers who have gained international
recognition and have been teaching or researching for a minimum of three
years. Visas of this type account for 28.6 percent of the total number
awarded every year on the basis of employment, and are available by filling
out Form I-140.
EB2 - Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability
If you have a standing job offer from a U.S. company and either hold an
advanced degree such as a Masters or Doctorate degree or a Bachelor's
degree with at least five years of professional experience in the field
or have been recognized as having exceptional ability in business, science
or the arts, you may be able to secure an EB2 visa. These constitute 28.6
percent of all employment based visas granted every year. You must have
acquired a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor before
you can be approved for this type of visa.
EB3 - Skilled Workers, Professionals and Unskilled Workers
Less than one third of all employment based visas are awarded in this
category, which includes those who work in a position which requires at
least two years of training or work experience, professionals filling
positions which require at least a Bachelor's degree, and certain
unskilled workers. Your future employer must already have filed a Form
I-140 petition on your behalf, establishing that you have a position waiting
for you in this country.
EB4 - Certain Special Immigrants
A broad category including broadcasters, employees of the U.S. Government
abroad, Iraqi and Afghan translators, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces
who were recruited overseas, to name a few. You do not need a labor certification
from the DOL, but must have an approved Form I-360 petition in your name
or must fit into one of several special classes. A mere 7.1% of employment
based visas are awarded to this category.
EB5 - Immigrant Investors
Only 7.1% of visas for employment are awarded to individuals who wish
to come to the United States to make investments or to start a business.
Labor certification is not necessary, but you must meet qualifications
which include being able to invest at between $500,000 and $1 million
and planning to create at least 10 new full time employment positions.
Let an Immigration Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Guide You
At Guerra Sáenz, PL, we have represented easily thousands of
immigration cases of all types, and are prepared to assist you with every aspect of
applying for your visa. As a Board Certified attorney, Mr. Guerra has
been recognized by The Florida Bar as
an expert in immigration and nationality law. He and our entire firm can help you gather the necessary documentation
for your application and can take actions to expedite the process, working
to prevent any unnecessary delays.
Contact our Fort Lauderdale immigration lawyers today for a
free consultation and so we can discuss your case!