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Employment Based

Among this process there are five (5) preference categories through which an individual can seek to live and work permanently in the United States. 

Each employment-based category has its own requirements, conditions, and proceedings. Those individuals who seek to immigrate based on their job skills must meet the skills, education and/or work experience that each category requires. 

To mention some of the professionals and non-skill workers who might obtain their permanent residence are: artists, researchers, cultural exchange participants, information technology specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers and employees within the construction, landscaping, restaurant industry or many others.​

EMPLOYMENT – BASED PREFERENCE CATEGORIES
​EB-1
​(Self-petitioners)
EB-1A: Preference for individuals of extraordinary ability in the science, arts, education, business or athletics
EB-1B: Preference for outstanding professors or researchers
EB-1C: Preference for multinational executives and managers
EB-2
EB-2: Preference for those individuals with an advanced degree either a Masters or Ph. D (PERM required/employment sponsorship) or for individuals with exceptional ability in the arts, science, or business (NIW “national interest waiver” where the applicant does not require a PERM).
​EB-3
This preference is for professionals, skilled workers, and other worker (individuals with a bachelor’s degree or at least two years experience depending on the job requirements of the offered position).
EB-4
This preference is for “special immigrants” such as: religious workers, retired employees of international organizations, minor aliens who are under U.S. court custody, and others.
EB-5
This preference is for business investors who invest $1.8 million or $900K and employs at least 10 full-time U.S. workers among other requirements.
Some of the above-mentioned categories require employment sponsorship and an approved Labor Certification before an immigration officer grants a permanent residence to an individual. A Labor Certification (PERM) is an independent application filed with DOL (Department of Labor) where your employer/sponsor must prove the following: ​ There are insufficient available, qualified, and willing U.S. workers to fill the position being offered at the prevailing wage (minimum salary for the position where the job will be performed); and Hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. At MTZ Law Group, we will plan the best immigration strategies for you and your family needs depending on your professional qualifications or business goals. ​