Employment-Based Green Cards
New Mexico Immigration Lawyers
If a foreign national has received an opportunity to work permanently in the United States, he or she can apply for a green card based on employment. Employers are often willing and able to sponsor a foreign national for employment. This process, however, is often lengthy and time-consuming. It can take a few years to obtain legal permanent resident status based on a job opportunity. Therefore, the process requires a commitment from both the employer and employee. In addition, both employer and employee must meet the criteria established by the immigration laws in order to get a green card based on employment.
Employers and employees should know that Kretz & Romero, PC is experienced in handling these types of cases successfully. The legislation governing foreign workers has set up different categories for employees and their skills. Each country, regardless of size or population, has only a limited amount of available employment-based green cards that their citizens can be awarded. No matter what category you fall into, the New Mexico immigration lawyers at our firm can help you to initiate the process of getting a United States green card.
Requirements for an Employment-Based Green Card
The categories for employment-based green cards awarded to individuals wishing to work in the United States are broken down into several different categories. An New Mexico immigration lawyer can help you determine which category you fall into and can guide you on the path to immigration. The categories are as follows:
Priority Workers — EB-1
(DOES NOT REQUIRE PERM LABOR CERTIFICATION)
- Aliens of outstanding achievements in the sciences, education, business, arts, or athletics
- Researchers / professors with at least three years' experience and international recognition
- Executives or multinational managers of various kinds
Professionals with Advanced Degrees / Exceptional Ability — EB-2
(MAY REQUIRE PERM LABOR CERTIFICATION)
- National Interest Waiver recipients
- Professionals with exceptional ability in business, arts, or sciences
- Professionals with advanced degrees
Skilled / Professional Workers — EB-3
(REQUIRES PERM LABOR CERTIFICATION)
- Bachelor's degree–holding professionals
- Skilled workers with at least two years of applicable training / education / experience
Special Immigration — EB-4
- Religious workers planning to work for a religious organization professionally
- Certain U.S. government employees
If you have any questions about employment-based green card applications, you should speak with one of our attorneys at Kretz & Romero, PC. We can speak with you regarding your legal issue concerning employment-based immigration. To get expert advice about your immigration situation, contact our firm today!