There are many different types of employment visas that are available for all types of business matters. While there are short-term visas for business visitors and temporary workers, many immigrants are looking for a long-term solution that will lead to a more permanent immigration status. USCIS reports that there are only about 140,000 immigration visas available each year. This is why there is so much demand for permanent work visas. In order to process these applications, the government divides them into five preference categories.
Our Colorado Springs employment visa attorneys can help you file an application under the right category in order to avoid any unnecessary delays in the lengthy application process.
Here are the five preference categories for permanent work visas that can lead to immigration:
The first preference category is for:
Each of these categories has specific criteria for eligibility, so it is important to consult with an immigration attorney before filing your application. Do not assume that you are eligible for this category just because it matches your job description. Let an attorney carefully review your case to ensure that you meet the government’s definitions of these terms.
The second preference category is for immigration who hold an advanced degree in their profession or for persons with “exceptional ability” in the arts, sciences, or business. Again, these terms have specific legal definitions and eligibility criteria, so do not file your application until a lawyer has reviewed your case. EB-2 visas also require your employer to obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor. This is something your employer handles, so you do not need to worry about handling the paperwork. It can, however, make it more difficult for your employer to sponsor your visa.
The third preference category is for professionals, skilled workers, and certain unskilled workers with sufficient training and experience. Review the USCIS guidelines to determine whether your job might fit one of these categories.
The fourth preference category is broadly defined for “special immigrants.” This includes:
There are other classes of “special immigrants,” so let our attorneys review your case to see whether you qualify.
The fifth preference category is a unique classification for business investors who:
If you are a business investor, speak with our lawyers about the best visa option for you. There are many different visa options for investors, and it is important to find the right one to meet both your short- and long-term goals.
At Joseph & Hall, our experienced Colorado Springs immigration lawyers know how to prepare all types of employment visa applications. Visit our website to schedule a consultation or find our office location that is nearest to you. We have offices in Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Frisco.
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