For many individuals, one of the largest reasons for coming to the United
States is our growing workforce and enormous job opportunities. In fact,
employment-based immigrant visas are made available every single year for just that reason.
These visas are split into five categories based on preference:
E1 – Priority Workers
E2 – Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees & Persons of Exceptional Ability
E3 – Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers
- E4 – Certain Special Immigrants
E5 – Immigrant Investors
What is a priority worker?
There are three groups of individuals who fall into the E1 category:
Persons with Extraordinary Ability: This includes individuals who focus in the sciences, arts, education, businesses,
or athletics. To qualify, an individual must have extensive documentation
that shows acclaim and recognition on a national or intentional level.
They need not have a specific job offer.
Outstanding Professors & Researchers: These individuals must have a minimum of 3 years of experience in teaching
or research and be recognized on an international level. To qualify, they
must be coming to the U.S. for tenure, tenure track teaching, or a comparable
Multinational Managers or Executives: Individuals must have been in employment of a U.S. employer for one of
the preceding three years by an overseas affiliate, parent, subsidiary,
or branch. Their employment must have been in either a managerial or executive capacity.
Taking the First Step
If interested in obtaining an employment-based immigrant visa, the first
step is to have your prospective employer or agent obtain a labor certification
approval. Once that has been received, your employer may then need to
file an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with the U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services. Some individuals (ex: persons with extraordinary
abilities) may be able to file this on their own behalf.
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