Employment-Based Permanent Residents
Immigration Lawyer in Cleveland
Of all the thousands and thousands of people who immigrate to the United
States every year, a large percentage of them do so through employment.
In fact, the two primary routes for immigration are through family and
employers. If you are hoping to obtain a green card and become a lawful
permanent resident, then the fact that you have an offer of long-term
employment can work to your advantage. The employer will have to fill
out an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, to sponsor you
for permanent residence. Once this has been approved, you can become a
permanent resident through an
adjustment of status or
consular processing, depending on whether you are currently in the United States or if you
currently reside abroad.
Types of Employment-Based Visas
EB-1 Priority Workers
This category is reserved for individuals who possess extraordinary ability
in the arts, sciences, education, athletics, or business. You must be
able to demonstrate that you possess such ability through documentation
of national or international acclaim and recognition. Workers who can
fulfill these requirements are in such high demand in the U.S. that it
is not necessary for you to already have an offer of employment; and you
can even submit your own I-140 petition. The priority worker category
also includes outstanding professors and researchers, as well as managers
and executives of multinational corporations. Priority workers receive
28.6% of all employment-based visas every year.
If you have achieved an advanced degree - which is anything beyond a baccalaureate
- or have received a B.A. and have spent at least five years working in
the profession, then you may be eligible for the second category of employment
immigration visa. This category is also intended for individuals who possession
exceptional ability in the sciences, business, or arts. EB-2 visas constitute
another 28.6% of employment immigration visas.
Skilled workers who hold positions that require at least two years of
training or experience, professionals who require a baccalaureate degree,
and unskilled workers filling non-temporary positions are all grouped
together in the third visa category, which receives 28.6% of the annual
The fourth category of employment-based immigration visa includes a wide
variety of special circumstances, such as religious ministers, certain
broadcasters, former employees of the U.S. government in the Panama Canal
Zone, and Iraqi and Afghan translators. Only 7.1% of employment immigration
visas are allocated to this category.
The fifth category is reserved for business investors who are planning
to invest sums ranging between from $500,000 to $1 million or more in
a new business that will employ a minimum of 10 U.S. workers on a full-time
basis. This category is intended to make it easier for foreign nationals
to make significant contributions to the economy in this country. This
category is limited to 7.1% of all employment-based immigration visas
Let Us Guide You Through the Process
Robert Brown LLC can assist you with every aspect of applying for an employment-based immigration
visa, and we represent both individuals and businesses. One of the most
challenging steps for employers is the
labor certification process, which requires you to demonstrate that you cannot hire anyone from the
local labor pool to fill the position. We know how to get results in labor
certification and overcome similar barriers to help you expedite the
processing times of these applications.
Contact an Ohio immigration attorney now for a consultation and to get started on your application.