EB-2 Immigrant Visas are for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees.
The EB-2 employment based immigrant visa allows foreign nationals holding an advanced degree to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. The foreign national must be:
Foreign nationals can qualify under any of the three categories under the EB-2 employment based immigrant visa:
This category is for foreign national professionals with an ‘advanced degree’ (masters degree or higher) and with a job offer from a U.S. company. An ‘advanced degree professional’ is an individual working in a job requiring at least a U.S. masters degree or a U.S. bachelors degree with five years of progressive experience.
This category is for foreign nationals with ‘exceptional ability’ in the sciences, business or arts and with a job offer from a U.S. company.
This category is for foreign nationals with exceptional ability, or an advanced degree, who can show that their activities will substantially benefit the U.S. national interest.
A “labor certification” is a document issued by the U.S. Department of Labor certifying that the employer has failed to find qualified U.S. workers for the job opening after testing the U.S. job market. An employer has to follow very specific recruitment steps before it can file a labor certification application. The application is filed under the online Program Electronic Review Management system (PERM).
The standards used in making labor certification determinations are based on:
The EB-2 Immigrant Visa category is a highly complex, multi-phase process. In the recruitment and labor certification phase, the rules relating to setting job requirements, advertising specifications, and application completion are voluminous and very exacting. The DOL is unforgiving of mistakes. Employers are very restricted in what they can require of potential applicants.
An immigration attorney at the American Immigration Law Group with substantial experience in PERM and I-140 petitions can help avoid the many costly pitfalls and help you sail through the EB-2 process.