Employment Based Immigration

The United States offers foreign nationals several ways to obtain employment-based immigration though a sponsoring employer as well as temporary residency to perform work for a specified period of time. In total 140,000 employment-based visas are allotted each year and they are divided into five preference categories.




Key Points to Know

  • The H-1B visa is unique for its “dual intent,” allowing visa holders to pursue lawful permanent resident status.
  • Employer sponsorship is essential, involving obtaining PERM Labor Certification, filing Form I-140, waiting for a current priority date, and submitting Form I-485.
  • Delays in initiating the green card process may result in being out of status, emphasizing the importance of early preparation.

Employment Based Immigration Articles

  • H-1B to Green Card: Processing Time, Steps & Options

    Published on February 29, 2024

    The H-1B visa is especially popular because it is considered “dual intent” which means the visa holder can not only enter the U.S. but also seek lawful permanent resident status (green card status). In this guide, you’ll learn the  H1B to green card process including steps for the best chances of approval. 

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    How to Write a Perfect O-1 Visa Recommendation Letter

    Published on December 02, 2023

    The O-1 visa is an employment-based immigration visa saved for immigrants who showcase special abilities in their individual field. Whether it be science, business, athletics, or art, the United States government reserves the O-1 visa for those who have usually achieved some sort of national or international acclaim in their former home country, and wishes…

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    H1B Alternatives & Options for Sponsorship: Consolidated Guidance

    Published on November 29, 2023

    Navigating the complex landscape of U.S. immigration can be challenging, especially when faced with the disappointment of not being selected in the H-1B lottery. However, there are alternative visa options that may provide avenues for your professional pursuits in the United States. In this exploration, we’ll delve into several potential alternatives, each with its own…

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    O-1 Visa to Green Card: How to Get Approval

    Published on November 28, 2023

    Making the leap from a temporary visa to a green card is more than just a legal transition; it’s a transformative life event. The freedom to hone a career without a looming deadline, or the joy of being able to bring your family to join you permanently in the United States. While temporary visas provide…

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    EB-2 Visa Job Description: What are the Requirements & Approval Rate?

    Published on November 24, 2023

    The United States government has a vested interest in bringing immigrants with outstanding attributes and skills into the country. Rather than placing highly qualified persons in a lottery system, such as the H-1B Visa, the U.S. awards separate visas for those who will bolster the country’s overall workforce. The EB-2 green card is a category…

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    O-1 Visa Without a PhD

    Published on November 22, 2023

    When it comes to immigration pathways to the United States, the O-1 visa stands out as an exceptional option. Often dubbed the “visa for geniuses” or for those with “extraordinary abilities,” it is a specialized non-immigrant visa designed to accommodate individuals who have demonstrated remarkable skills in a range of domains—be it the sciences, arts,…

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    How to Work For Multiple Employers on an O-1 Visa

    Published on November 20, 2023

    The opportunity to work for multiple employers is one of the most advantageous perks of the O-1 visa. While many people are aware of this, only a few understand how it really works. This article explains the visa application process and the terms for working in the U.S. under the O-1 employment category. Be Better…

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    O-1 Visa Agent

    Published on November 13, 2023

    The O-1 is a special nonimmigrant visa for those foreign nationals that can be classified as extraordinary. Part of the extraordinary nature of this visa is that you can have an O-1 visa agent represent you, provided some criteria are met. This post will help you better understand the rules surrounding an O-1 visa agent…