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Requirements for Employment-Based Immigration

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals apply for visas in order to move to the Unites States for employment purposes. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants 140,000 employment visas every year for aliens and their families. These visas are split into five different categories based on an individual's work skills.

They are as follows:

  • First-Preference EB-1 Visa - Persons with extraordinary abilities in science, art, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; and multinational executives and managers.
  • Second-Preference EB-2 Visa - Members of the professions holding advanced degrees and persons with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business.
  • Third-Preference EB-3 Visa - Professionals, skilled workers, and other workers.
  • Fourth-Preference EB-4 Visa - Special immigrants including religious workers, employees of U.S. foreign service posts, retired employees of international organizations, alien minors who are wards of courts in the U.S., and others.
  • Fifth-Preference EB-5 Visa - Business investors who invest $1 million, or $500,000 if the investment is made in a targeted employment area, in a new commercial enterprise that employs at least ten full-time U.S. workers.

Applying for Employment Visas

In order to be granted an employment visa - either permanent or temporary - your U.S. employer must petition on your behalf. For immigrant workers, this involves completing Form I-140 or Form I-129 for non-immigrant workers. For fifth-preference alien entrepreneurs, their employer must complete Form I-526. In a few cases for first- and fourth-preference immigrants, such as a first-preference immigrant with an extraordinary ability, you may be able to file these forms for yourself.

A North Carolina immigration lawyer can assist you in gaining entry into the U.S. through an employment visa. We can work with you and your employer to ensure that the petition is properly completed and submitted. In the event of a denial or any other issue, we will provide aggressive removal defense to ensure that you are not removed or deported from the country. As long as you have the proper qualifications and provide necessary evidence to prove your eligibility, you could obtain the visa you need to start a new job and new life in the United States.

Find an Lawyer Near You

Brown Immigration Law proudly serves North Carolina and Raleigh-Durham. We also have clients in Ohio, Florida, across the U.S., and around the world. With more than four decades of experience in immigration law and nothing else, our team has built a strong record for success. Robert Brown, Rishi Oza, Aleksandar Cuic, and Erin Brown can provide the representation you need.

Call now for a confidential consultation to discuss your options. We would love to assist you in your effort to immigrate to and work in the state of North Carolina.

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