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Employment-Based Immigration

Employment-based immigration generally refers to the immigrant petitions sponsored and filed by your U.S. employer on your behalf to get permanent resident status (i.e. “green card”) for you. However, though certain immigrant petitions are self-petitions
(i.e. they do not require that you have a job), they are classified as employment-based immigration under the U.S. immigration law.

The employment-based immigration categories are commonly referred to as EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, and EB-5 as follows:

a. First Preference (EB-1 priority workers);
b. Second Preference (EB-2 workers with advanced degree or exceptional ability);
c. Third Preference (EB-3 professionals, skilled workers, and other workers);
d. Fourth Preference (EB-4 religious workers, widowers, battered spouses); and
e. Fifth Preference (EB-5 immigrant investors).

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA) provides for several employment-based immigrant visa classifications, most of which have built-in protections for the U.S. labor market. Indeed, employment-based immigration generally requires either a strong showing that the foreign worker is one of the best in the field or that there are no qualified U.S. workers available to fill the position.

You may obtain permanent residency in the United States through different paths as indicated in the right column.





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