EB-1 Priority Workers
The first employment preference is for Priority workers. The EB-1 category is very attractive for aliens because the labor certification requirement does not apply. This drastically reduces the processing time to obtain a “green card.” There are 40,000 visas available in this category with three sub-parts.
EB-2 Professionals/Advanced Degrees
The second employment preference is for professionals holding advanced degrees (or equivalent) and aliens of exceptional ability in the arts, sciences or business. There are 40,000 visas available for this category.
EB-3 Skilled Workers/Basic Degrees
The third employment preference is for skilled workers, professionals holding basic degrees, and ‘other workers’. There are 40,000 visas available in this category with 10,000 of them reserved for ‘unskilled’ workers.
EB-4 Special Immigrant Religious Workers
A religious worker is a person who for at least two years immediately preceding the filing of a petition, has been a member of a religious denomination which has a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the United States. There are 10,000 visas available in this category.
10,000 visas are allocated annually for investors who create employment. This is why ‘investors’ are placed in the ’employment’ category. The minimum amount of investment is either $500,000.00 or $1,000,000.00.
A permanent labor certification allows an employer to hire a foreign worker to work permanently in the United States.