You may be eligible for an employment-based, first-preference visa if you have an extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher, in science, art, education, business, or sport to gain legal permanent residence in the US.
The EB-2 visa allows foreign nationals to live, work and take up as lawful permanent residence in the United States. Learn more about the requirements and process of getting this employment-based immigrant visa, also known as a green card.
The EB-3 Visa is a Third Priority Worker visa available for skilled workers who hold a bachelor’s degree and eventually other unskilled workers. To be eligible, you must hold a baccalaureate degree or at least 2 years of training or working experience.
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• Aliens with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics
• Outstanding professors and researchers
• Certain multinational managers and executives
|• Aliens with advanced degree|
• Exceptional ability
• National Interest Waiver
• Skilled worker
• Non-skilled worker
|ADVANTAGES||• Permanent residence within relatively short time|
• Spouse and unmarried children under 21 are included in permanent residency.
|• Generally faster attainment of permanent residence relative to the EB-3 category;|
• National Interest Waiver Beneficiary does not require sponsorship from a U.S. employer, and may apply on his or her own behalf
|• Permanent residency in the United States;|
• Your derivatives such as your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 years old will be eligible for the permanent residency;
• EB-3 Visa requirements are less strict than any other permanent immigrant visa
|ABILITY TO SPONSOR YOURSELF||Yes, aliens with extraordinary ability||Yes, National Interest Waiver||No|
|LABOR CERTIFICATION||No||Yes (Except National Interest Waiver)||Yes (Full time or permanent job offer)|
|BENEFICIARY||Spouse and unmarried children 21 yrs old or younger||Spouse and unmarried children 21 yrs old or younger||Spouse and unmarried children 21 yrs old or younger|
|CAN YOUR DERIVATIVE WORK?||Yes, the spouse can work after EAD approval||Yes, the spouse can work after EAD approval||Yes, the spouse can work after EAD approval|
|CAN YOUR DERIVATIVE ATTEND SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|EMPLOYMENT FOR APPLICANT||Immediately upon entry||Immediately upon entry||Immediately upon entry|
|PROCESSING TIME*||Avg. 8 months||Usually 6 months||from 3 to 8 months|
|VISA ISSUED EACH FISCAL YEAR||28.6%||28.6%||28.6%|
|PREMIUM PROCESSING||Available, even if the petition is outside U.S. (except multinational managers and executives)||Available (Except NIW)||Available|