Immigration Through a Job

Permanent Workers

You can immigrate to the U.S. based on your professional skills and receive a Green Card for you and your family members. There are five preferences categories available under U.S. immigration laws.

The permanent worker visa preference categories:

Preferences Description
EB-1 This preference is reserved for persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; and multinational executives and managers.
EB-2 This preference is reserved for persons who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or for persons with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business.
EB-3 This preference is reserved for professionals, skilled workers, and other workers.
EB-4 This preference is reserved for “special immigrants,” which includes certain religious workers, employees of U.S. foreign service posts, retired employees of international organizations, alien minors who are wards of courts in the United States, and other classes of aliens.
EB-5 This preference is reserved for 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 10 full-time U.S. workers. (Read more)

In some of these cases (only for EB-2 and EB-3) your employer would have to obtain an approved labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, which verifies the following:

  • There are insufficient available, qualified, and willing U.S. workers to fill the position being offered at the prevailing wage
  • Hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers

This is a lengthy and sometimes complicated process, which is why it is recommended that you consult with an attorney to validate if there are other alternatives available to you.

To schedule a consultation with an attorney, please complete the contact form to the right with a brief description of your situation.