Queens Employment Immigration Attorney
Employment Based Immigrant Visa Categories
In certain cases, you may qualify to immigrate to the United States by
virtue of your employment. A limited number of employment based
immigrant visas are issued each year and a
New York City immigration attorney can help you with your application. Having a seasoned legal professional
address your case ensures all possible steps are taken to increase your
chances of being approved. This prevents you from having to rely heavily
on luck in a matter so integral to your future.
Who is eligible for a work visa in New York?
Employment based immigration is granted across five broad categories, each
with their own subcategories.
Visas are issued per the preference these categories are given, which is
- Priority workers, such as multinational managers, executives and professors
- Persons of exceptional ability and individuals holding advanced degrees.
- Professionals, skilled workers and unskilled workers.
- Certain special immigrants, including a selection of specific subgroups.
Examples of some of these subgroups include persons recruited outside
the United States for the U.S. armed forces, certain relatives of NATO-6
civilian employees, immigrant investors and ministers of religion.
Types of Employment Based Visas
In the United States, there are five major categories of employment based visas:
EB-1: The EB-1 visa is for first priority workers. To qualify for this type
of visa, a worker must meet the eligibility requirements of a worker with
extraordinary ability, a worker who is an outstanding professor or researcher,
or a worker who is a multinational manager or executive.
EB-2: This category of visa is for those who meet the second preference employment
requirements. There are three sub-categories for second preference workers:
those who possess advanced degrees, those who have demonstrated exceptional
ability and those who possess national interest waivers.
EB-3: This type of visa is a third preference employment visa. It is the most
heavily applied-for employment visa, so there are limited spots and somewhat
of a backlog in processing these petitions. You could qualify for an EB-3
visa if you meet the requirements of a skilled worker, professional or
EB-4: This type of employment visa is for those who qualify as "special
immigrant" status, a status that is applied to immigrants who possess
at least one of at least ten possible job titles.
EB-5: This final category of employment visa is available to foreign investors.
There are minimum investment requirements as well as additional requirements
for how many jobs the investment is expected to create and what type of
business you wish to invest in.
New York City and Queens Immigration Lawyers
Musa-Obregon & Associates is a full service law firm serving Queens
and New York City, dedicated to helping you achieve your immigration goals.
We will review your specific circumstances to determine the best avenue
through which you should apply and guide you competently through each
step of the process.
If your employer is required to obtain labor certification from the Department
of Labor, for example, we can liaise with them on this matter. Once your
case goes to the Visa Processing Center, we can coordinate with them to
ensure all timelines are met and all forms are correctly submitted.
If you wish to find out more about your qualifications for employment based
contact an immigration lawyer from our New York City firm to discuss your situation and legal options.
We represent individuals throughout Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan,
Rockland County and Westchester County.