Accomplished, well-educated professionals often contribute a great deal to the growth and diversity of the U.S. economy. Domestic businesses as well as multinational companies with American roots benefit from employment-based immigration of qualified and talented individuals from around the globe, particularly for positions requiring advanced degrees or extensive training.
Many employment-based visas require a lengthy wait time. Generally, the EB-2 visa for foreign professionals with advanced degrees experiences less demand than other categories, often resulting in minimal backlogs for those seeking permanent residency through this route.
Who Can Qualify?
To qualify for an EB-2 visa, applicants must hold an advanced degree (for example, a master’s degree, J.D., M.D. or Ph.D.) or the equivalent (a bachelor’s degree plus five years of progressive work experience). Alternatively, applicants may qualify by demonstrating that they possess exceptional ability in the arts, sciences or business — a difficult legal standard to meet.
What Other Requirements Come Into Play?
A permanent job offer is generally a prerequisite for obtaining an EB-2 visa. The applicant’s employer must also successfully complete labor certification (PERM), a lengthy process designed to test the market and ensure that no qualified domestic workers are available to fill the position.
However, a national interest waiver allows select applicants to sidestep both the job offer and labor certification requirements. This waiver may be available for those whose work in a meritorious field will substantially benefit the U.S. economy, environment, educational advancements or other worthy endeavors of nationwide scope.
Reliable Experience · Proven Results
Around the globe, businesses and prospective immigrants alike turn to Igbanugo Partners Int’l Law Firm, PLLC, for experienced guidance in navigating the complexities of the EB-2 visa process. We assist clients in analyzing eligibility issues, pursuing national interest waivers, completing the labor certification process and other complexities involved in employment-based immigration.
Our legal team appreciates the importance of accuracy and thoroughness in this highly intricate area of law. We enjoy outstanding success rates and a proven record of results. Acting as an extension of general counsel for large businesses — or as invaluable legal advisers for individuals and small businesses — our lawyers excel at overcoming challenges and achieving clients’ objectives in an efficient, effective manner.
Call 877-840-8008 or contact Igbanugo Partners online to learn more about visas for foreign professionals with advanced degrees (EB-2). Our attorneys in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serve clients nationwide.