Employment-based Immigration


There are five different categories of employment based USA visas. The worldwide limit on employment based visas is 140,000, plus any unused family-sponsored preference visas from the previous year. These visas allow their beneficiaries to live and work in the USA on a permanent basis:

  1. Persons of extraordinary ability, i.e. outstanding professors and researchers and certain executives and managers of multinational organizations;
  2. Members of a profession with advanced degrees and those with exceptional ability whose employment in the USA would be in the national interest of the country;
  3. Skilled workers and professionals;
  4. Individuals investing $1 Million in a new or existing business which employs 10 or more persons;
  5. Other (extremely limited).

A labor certification and/or other documents are required for those seeking entry as skilled workers and professionals.

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