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Let our employment immigration lawyers help with your EB-2 visa

An EB-2 visa is available to aliens who are “members of the professions holding advanced degrees or their equivalent” or “individuals who, because of their exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business will substantially benefit prospectively the national economy, cultural or educational interests, or welfare of the United States, and whose services in the sciences, arts, professions, or business are sought by an employer in the United States”.  Competition for EB-2 visas can be tough, as there are only around 40,000 EB-2 visas that are accepted each year, and the numbers are limited by country.

EB-2 visas require a labor certification, a job offer, as well as an I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. Eligibility for an EB-2 visa falls under three general categories, based on Immigration and Nationality Act Section 203(b)  (regulations regarding an EB-2 application are available in Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations, in section 204.5(k). The categories of EB-2 are those with advanced degrees, exceptional ability, and a third category called the national interest waiver.

A Grand Rapids EB-2 Visa lawyer can help make sure you meet the requirements on your visa application

To meet eligibility requirements for the advanced degree category, the petitioner must show that the job (which must be considered a profession, such as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc…) requires an advanced degree (considered a Master’s or greater), the potential immigrant must possess such a degree or its equivalent (which can be a bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years work experience in their particular field).

For the exceptional ability category, the petitioner must show the alien possesses a “degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, or business”. The national interest waiver category is similar to the exceptional ability category, but due to the specifics of the field in which the alien works, it is in the interest of the United States to allow them special attention in their petition. National interest waiver petitions can be done by the alien themselves, instead of the employer. There is a particular exception for physicians agreeing to work in healthcare fields that are lacking workers as well.

Let an employment visa attorney from the Grand Rapids Law Group help you with your EB-2 Visa today

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