EB-2 Employment-Based Second Preference

Employment-Based Immigration

Summary

The EB-2 category is a way for foreign nationals to get their green cards faster. You can navigate through options available with EB-2 and qualify faster than in the EB-3 category. It requires that you are a person of exceptional ability or possess an advanced degree.

The EB-2 category is a way for foreign nationals to get their green cards faster. You can navigate through options available with EB-2 and qualify faster than in the EB-3 category. It requires that you are a person of exceptional ability or possess an advanced degree. Learning how to qualify for the EB-2 category can fast-track your process of approval.

What Is the EB-2 Visa?

The EB-2 visa is for people with unique skills or advanced degrees necessary for the high-skill position they are being hired for in the U.S. It can be the fastest way to get a foreign employee hired at a U.S. company.

How Do I Know I Am Eligible for an EB-2 Visa?

Three categories fit in the EB-2 employment-based second preference. These are:

  1. Advanced degrees: you must hold educational attainments higher than a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree or equivalent is necessary, plus five years of experience in the field. The job you will take in the U.S. should relate to this field.
  2. Exceptional abilities: you have skills that are a cut above your peers and can prove that your abilities are unique and significant. Evidence can vary from employment records, salary, contributions, and other similar documents.
  3. National interest waiver: in this scenario, you have to prove that you will benefit the U.S. It is the trickiest qualification as there is no set definition for U.S. national interest.

What Are the Requirements for Getting an EB-2 Visa?

Requirements can vary depending on the category you choose. However, these are the documents you’ll likely submit with the application:

  • Documents proving full-time experience
  • Recognition for your achievements
  • Evidence of a high salary due to your ability
  • A certification or license for your profession
  • Proof of membership to professional organizations
  • Official academic records

For those applying for a National Interest Waiver, you can submit Form 9089 as well. For those who’ll join an employer in the U.S., the employer must file a request for a Labor Certification and a Form I-140 on your behalf.

Can My Family Also Get a Visa?

Yes, the immediate family members of EB-2 visa holders are also eligible to be granted permanent resident status. These are open to your spouse and any unmarried children under 21 years old.

Next Steps

You’ll need a skilled immigration lawyer to help with documents and walk you through the steps to improve your chances of approval.

Contact Reeves Immigration Law Group today and get a head start. We’ll use our experience handling these types of cases to advise you on the best path to success.

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