U.S. immigration laws permit 140,000 persons to obtain permanent residence each year through offers of employment in the United States. In the vast majority of cases, these persons are already working for their employers in one of a variety of temporary visas. Most, but not all, employer-sponsored cases involve the submission and approval of a PERM application where the employer demonstrates to the U.S. Department of Labor that it is unable to locate a qualified U.S. worker for the job.
EB-1 priority workers (Persons of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers and Multinational Executives and Managers) are exempt from the PERM requirement as are EB-2 workers seeking National Interest Waivers and Registered Nurses and Physical Therapists. However, other EB-2 workers with advanced degrees and EB-3 professionals, skilled and unskilled workers are not.
During the past 30 years, our law firm has assisted hundreds of employers and tens of thousands of employees in every state successfully complete this process.
We hope that the following information will help you to understand how this process works.
• Green Card through a Job (USCIS)
• Pending Employment-Based I-485 Inventory (USCIS)
• Petition Filing and Processing Procedures for Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (USCIS)
• Questions & Answers: Pending Employment-Based Form I-485 Inventory (USCIS) – (9-23-09)
• Pending Employment-Based Form I-485 Report: Country-Specific (USCIS)
• USCIS Production Update: FY2009 Report to Congress (10-05-09)
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under E-Verify (USCIS)
EB-1 Eligibility and Filing (USCIS)
EB-2 Eligibility and Filing (USCIS)
EB-3 Eligibility and Filing (USCIS)
EB-4 Eligibility and Filing (USCIS)
EB-5 Green Cards Through Investment (USCIS)