How many employment-based immigrant visas are available?
How are the employment-based immigrant visas divided?
What type of applicant is included in the Employment First Preference (E1) category?
What type of applicant is included in the Employment Second Preference (E2) category?
What type of applicant is included in the Employment Third Preference (E3) category?
What type of applicant is included in the Employment Fourth Preference (E4) category?
What type of applicant is included in the Employment Fifth Preference (E5) category?
How many employment-based visas are in each preference category?
Does my future employer have to first receive labor certification approval from the US Department of Labor for me to get an immigrant visa?
What type of petition must my employer file for me to receive an employment-based immigrant visa?
How do I know if I'm ineligible to receive an employment-based visa?
Am I required to take a medical examination if I want an immigrant visa?
Are there any specific vaccinations I must have before I can receive an immigrant visa?
Do I have to pay any fees to obtain an employment-based immigrant visa?
The US offers around 140,000 employment-based visas for qualified applicants under the Immigration and Nationality Act.
A: They're divided into five preference categories:
A: This category contains priority workers who are divided into three sub-groups:
This category contains professionals that hold an advanced degree and persons with exceptional ability in business, art or science.
A: This category contains applicants from three subgroups:
A: This category contains many different kinds of special immigrants, including:
This category contains immigrant investors who must invest between $500,000 and $1 million in a US commercial enterprise, which creates at least 10 new full-time jobs.
A: The visas are divided by these percentages:
Your employer must generally obtain labor certification approval for two preference categories: Employment Second Preference (E2) and Employment Third Preference (E3).
Usually, your employer must file an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, for the appropriate preference category. The form must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
A number of different activities and conditions can make you ineligible for a visa even though you fit a preference category. However, this ineligibility can be waived. For more information, visit the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
You must undergo a medical examination before an immigrant visa will be issued to you.
You're required to have certain vaccinations prior to your visa issuance. The US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, gives you notice as to which vaccinations are required.
There are numerous fees you may have to pay, from applications fees to medical examination costs. For up-to-date information, check the current fees for US Department of State services and for the Department of Homeland Security’s US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).