Employment-Based visa attorneys
Employment-based immigration visas provide an excellent option for those hoping to immigrate on a temporary or permanent basis. If you wish to immigrate to the United States, one of our experienced attorneys can help explain and walk you through the process.
Our Experienced Northern Virginia Immigration Lawyers can Help
Speaking to one of our experienced Virginia immigration attorneys can benefit you in the long run. It is wise to file a thorough and accurate immigration application. Our attorneys can sit down and listen to your immigration goals. Based on our decades of combined experience, we can advise you as to the best employment-based immigration visa for you.
After you decide on an employment visa, we will help you submit a thorough, accurate, and timely application. Presenting the best application possible will increase the chances that the U.S. government will grant your visa.
Types of Employment-Based U.S. Visas
The U.S. Department of State (USDS) divides immigration visas into two different categories: temporary worker visas and employment-based immigration visas. The USDS caps the amount of employment-based visas it awards every year. Each year, USDS makes available 140,000 employment-based immigration visas that fall into several different categories.
E1 Visas for Employees with Extraordinary Abilities in Designated Fields
- Employees with an extraordinary ability in athletics, business, education, science, or the arts. These applicants must submit evidence with their application that shows that they have national or international acclaim in their respective fields. Candidates in this category do not need any job offers to receive this visa. However, they must intend to work in their respective fields while in the U.S.
- The applicant is an outstanding professor or researcher. Applicants who qualify in this category must be pursuing tenure, or already on a tenure track in higher education. The applicant must teach at an institution of higher education upon arriving in the United States. Candidates must have a specific job offer in the United States when applying.
- Managers or executives who have been employed by a U.S. employer for at least one out of the three preceding years. Applicants under this provision must have executive or managerial experience in their home country. They must demonstrate evidence that they have a job offer along with their application.
E3 Employment Third Preference Applicants
- Skilled workers who have at least two years of work experience that is not seasonal or temporary.
- Workers who are members of professions that require at least a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or institution or the foreign equivalent.
- Unskilled workers who are willing and able to fill employment positions that require less than two years of experience or training.
E2 Employment Second Preference Applicants
Applicants in this category receive 28.6% of the quota for employment-based immigrant visas along with any remaining open spots from the first preference category.
In addition to holding an advanced degree above a Bachelor’s degree, the candidate must also have five years of experience in their field of study. The USDS defines having exceptional abilities as “having a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, or business.”