GREEN CARDS THROUGH EMPLOYMENT
A guide for obtaining green cards through employment for both employers and employees.
US immigration laws provide that 140,000 persons are permitted to become green card holders through the following employment-based (EB) preference categories each year:
The EB-2 preference category consists of (1) persons of exceptional ability and (2) persons whose jobs require an advanced university degree or its equivalent. Most EB-2 petitions require that an employer obtain the approval of a PERM application from the U.S. Department of Labor before sponsoring the person for lawful permanent residence.
The EB-3 preference category consists of (1) professionals, (2) skilled workers and (3) unskilled workers. Most EB-3 petitions require that an employer obtain the approval of a PERM application from the U.S. Department of Labor before sponsoring the person for permanent residence.
The EB-4 preference category consists of (1) religious workers and (2) other “special immigrants”.
The EB-5 preference category consists of investors.
Note that only employers of persons in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories may be required to undergo the PERM process in order to obtain green cards through employment for their employees. Persons in the EB-1, EB-4 and EB-5 categories are never required to use PERM in order to qualify for green cards.
We hope that the materials listed below assist you in learning more about Green Cards through Employment.
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During the past 30 years, the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman have assisted many thousands of individuals in obtaining green cards through employment. We also represent over 100 employers across the US, assisting them in sponsoring employees for both temporary working visas and green cards.
Green Cards Through Employment is divided into the following sub-topics:
- PERM Resources
- National Interest Waivers
- Success Stories
- Green Cards Through Employment Issues
Videos – EB Preference Categories
- Green Cards Through Employment
This video discusses how to obtain permanent residence in the U.S. through employment and explains the different employment-based (EB) categories.
- Employment-Based Immigration:
This video reviews the five employment-based categories through you can obtain a green card and suggests ways you can speed up your application.
Success Stories – Green Cards Through Employment
- Getting an H-1B Visa for a Marketing Person (November 2015)
- Saving a Client from an EB-5 Denial (October 2015)
- Winning an I-140 Appeal (August 2013)
- Overcoming the Denial of an I-140 Petition (June 2013)
- Saving a Client’s Job (March 2013)
- Registered Nurse Upgrades from EB-2 to EB-3 (January 2013)
- Green Card for a Person of Extraordinary Ability (February 2010)
- Erroneous I-140 Denial is Overturned (May 2009)
- Establishing That a Job Offer is Permanent (June 2008)
- Saving a Scientist’s NIW from Revocation (September 2006)
- Brazilians Ride Skateboards to Wealth and Fame (January 2006)
- Researcher and Systems Engineer: “What a Difference a Day Made” (October 2005)
- Professional Athlete – “Curveball: The Immigration Officer Who Knew Too Much” (May 2005)
- Employment-Based Immigration: Cancer Research Center (March 2005)
- Engineers and Nurses (November 2004)
- Artist Wins Right to Stay in U.S.
Green Cards Through Employment Issues
- USCIS Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Affecting Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs (12-31-15)
- USCIS Draft Memo: Determining Whether a Job is in the Same or a Similar Occupation (11-20-15)
- Employment-Based Adjustment of Status through Section 245(k)
- Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)