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Employment Based Immigrant Visas: A Guide to Working in the US


In recent years, many noncitizens have expressed a desire to come to the United States to work and live permanently. The United States offers several options for individuals seeking to immigrate for work purposes, including the employment-based immigrant visa.

The employment-based immigrant visa, also known as EB- visa, is a type of visa that allows individuals to live and work permanently in the United States. This visa category is divided into five preference levels, with priority given to individuals with extraordinary ability, advanced degrees, or exceptional talent in the arts, sciences, or business.

To be eligible for an employment-based immigrant visa, an individual must first obtain a job offer from a U.S. employer and the employer must obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor. This certification verifies that there are no U.S. workers who are available and able to fill the job opening and that the employment of the foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers.

Once the labor certification is approved, the employer may file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the foreign worker. If the petition is approved, the foreign worker may apply for a visa through the U.S. Department of State, if they are outside the United States, and if they are already in the United States they can adjust their status to permanent resident.

It is important to note that the employment-based immigrant visa process can be lengthy and complicated. It is recommended that individuals seeking an employment-based immigrant visa consult with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that their application is properly prepared and filed.

In conclusion, the employment-based immigrant visa is an attractive option for noncitizens seeking to live and work permanently in the United States. However, the process can be complex and it is important to have proper guidance from a great immigration attorney.


On the other hand, Conditional Residents are people who obtained their green cards before completing two years of marriage. This type of immigration category requires the immigrants and their spouses that after receiving the green card, they must jointly file the removal of the condition before two years pass. Not being able to do so will result in the expiration of the green card and deportation of the immigrants.

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