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Can I get a green card through employment?

These are the BASIC requirements:

  • The employee must have an offer for full-time employment in the U.S., from a U.S.-based employer.
  • The employee will need to have the qualifications, education and work experience required for the job.
  • No qualified U.S. worker is available or willing to take the job, this is proved by a labor certification (few exceptions are allowed).

There are five preference categories for employment:

  • ES-1 – This is the first preference category and is for priority workers. (Extraordinary abilities, university professors, researches, executives transfers)
  • EB-2 – This is the second preference category and is for workers for exceptional ability or advanced degrees (advanced university degree or ability in science, art or business)
  • EB-3 – This is the third preference category and is for Professional, skilled and unskilled workers
  • EB-4 – This is the fourth preference category and is for Religious workers, and various and miscellaneous categories called “special immigrants”
  • EB-5 – This is the fifth category and is for individuals willing to invest $1,000,000,000 in a U.S. business, or $500,000 in a rural depressed area. Must create at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.