EB-2 and EB-3 Visa Requirements
Obtaining an EB-2 or EB-3 Visa
EB-2 – Advanced Degrees and Exceptional Ability
- Members of Professions with Advanced Degrees (Masters, Doctorate) or the equivalent.
- Persons of Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts, or Business needed in the U.S. for that ability:
- Expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, art or business as demonstrated by specific documentation.
- Must demonstrate a prospective benefit to the US.
A job offer and a labor certification are required. However, if USCIS waives the job offer in the national interest, no labor certification is required. Additionally, should the position fall under a special category (“ Schedule A”) then no labor certification is required. The Department of Labor defines positions that fall under Schedule A such as physical therapists, professional nurses, and foreign nationals with exceptional abilities in the sciences and arts. The employer usually must demonstrate its ability to pay the offered wages.
EB-3 – Professionals and Skilled Workers
- Professionals (positions requiring at least a baccalaureate degree)
- Skilled Workers (positions requiring at least 2 years training or experience)
- Other Workers (positions requiring less than 2 years experience)
A job offer and a labor certification are required.
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