Employment-Based (EB) Green Card Overview

Immigration through Employment 

One of the ways a foreign national (alien) can become a permanent resident is through a permanent employment opportunity in the United States. There are five employment-based preference categories.

  • First preference is for priority workers including persons of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, and multinational organization executives and managers.
  • The Second preference is for physicians, members of the professions holding advanced degrees, and persons of exceptional ability.
  • The Third preference is for professionals, skilled and other workers, including nurses and physical therapists.
  • The Fourth preference provides for special immigrants including religious workers.
  • The Fifth preference is an investor-related category, which grants permanent residency to persons who invest significant funds in the US and create 10 jobs for US workers. 

Click on the links to the right to learn more about each preference category.

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Submitted by Shelly-Ann (not verified) on Wed, 04/20/2022 - 14:53 Permalink

I received my receipts for my EAD and travel documents application in January of last year. To date I have not received any of the documents. I have also done my Biometrics (March 2021) and medical (August 2021) Based on the USCIS timelines I should have at least received my EAD and travel documents by now. Any suggestions on what to do next?

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Submitted by Rajiv S. Khanna on Tue, 04/26/2022 - 07:48 Permalink

You can start by opening a service request if your petitions have been delayed beyond the normal processing time.

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Submitted by John Samxxx (not verified) on Fri, 06/10/2022 - 10:44 Permalink

I have an I-140 approved (EB-2, Priority date May 2015) from a previous employer. I recently moved to New Jersey and work for a new employer who has not started by PERM process yet. My previous employer is willing to file i*485 as i parted on good terms with the company. If i file the i-485 with them, will my GC be denied if I don't join my previous employer ?

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Note: Unless the context shows otherwise, all answers here were provided by Rajiv and were compiled and reported by our editorial team from comments, blog and community calls on immigration.com. Where transcribed from audio/video, a verbatim transcript is provided. Therefore, it may not conform to the written grammatical or syntactical form.

Submitted by Madhu (not verified) on Wed, 07/06/2022 - 11:48 Permalink

After interfile from eb3 to eb2 (initially downgraded and concurrent filing of 485 in Nov 2020 and received EAD /advance payroll in Feb 2022), my company merged to another company as a successor-in-interest with in 1 month of the inter filing . What are my options now ? My PD is 1/2014 in eb2.

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