EB-2 (Employment Based Second Preference Visa)

An EB-2 visa is an employment-based visa available to non-U.S. citizens who possess an advanced degree or exceptional ability.

EB-2A (Advanced Degree Visa)

  • This visa is for individuals who have an advanced degree or its foreign equivalent. 
  • Or, if you do not have an advanced degree, but you have a baccalaureate plus 5 years of post-baccalaureate progressive work experience.
  • Labor certification from Department of Labor required, and you must meet any requirements specified on the labor certification as of the priority date.
    • Labor certification (PERM) demonstrates that there are no able, qualified, and available U.S. workers who are willing to accept the permanent job offer; and
    • The employment of the beneficiary will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. 

EB-2B (Exceptional Ability Visa)

  • This visa is for individuals who are able to show exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. 
  • Exceptional ability – degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts or business.
  • Must meet all requirements specified on the Department of Labor’s Permanent Labor Certification (PERM).
  • Also, must meet 3 of the 7 USCIS criteria listed below:
    • Official academic record showing that you have a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to your area of exceptional ability.
    • Letters from current or former employers documenting at least 10 years of full-time experience in your occupation.
    • A license to practice your profession or certification for your profession or occupation.
    • Evidence that you have commanded a salary or other remuneration for services that demonstrates your exceptional ability
    • Membership in a professional association(s)
    • Recognition for your achievements and significant contributions to your industry or field by your peers, government entities, professional or business organizations
    • Other comparable evidence of eligibility is also acceptable.
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