5 Types of Employment-Based U.S. Visas for Immigrants

Five Employment-Based EB-1 to EB-5 Visas to Work in the United States

Quick Facts: Employment-Based Visa Categories to Work in the United States

  • Immigrants can choose the best from EB1 to EB5 to obtain the green card, via an employment-based preference category
  • 140,000 visas are available each fiscal year for non-nationals, spouses and children
  • Non-citizens in the United States must complete Form I-485 while living outside the United States must submit an online visa application with Form DS-260
  • 5 Employment-based immigrant visa preference categories include: EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, and EB-5

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Why employment-based visas to work in the United States?

An employment-based visa allows a foreign national to travel to the United States in order to live and work in the country for a specified period of time.

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5 Preference Categories for Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

Employment-Based Visa Types Preference Labor Certification Requirement Family of EB-1 visa holders
EB-1 Extraordinary qualities in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; and leaders and managers of multinationals Nope Spouse and unmarried children under 21 may be eligible to apply for admission to the United States in E-14 or E-15
EB-2 Have higher degrees or for people with exceptional abilities in the arts, sciences or business Yes Spouse and unmarried children under 21 may be eligible to apply for admission to the United States under E-21 and E-22 immigrant status
EB-3 Professionals, skilled workers and other workers Yes E-34 (spouse of a skilled worker or “professional”) or EW-4 (spouse of an “other worker”) and E-35 (child of a skilled worker or professional) or EW-5 (child of another worker)
EB-4 “Special immigrants,” which includes some religious workers, U.S. foreign service postal employees, retired employees of international organizations Nope Few EB-4 classifications allow your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to be admitted to the United States
EB-5 Commercial investors who invest $1.5 million or $800,000 Nope N / A

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