Getting Started

Employment based immigration is divided into five categories.  In most cases a job offer from a U.S. based employer is required in order to quailfy.

Note: If, after reading the following, you have questions concerning your eligility for a visa, you should contact the U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services.  The U.S. Embassy cannot advise if your skills meet the criteria or help you find a U.S. employer.

  • First Preference Category –  Priority Workers – Persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, arts, business or athletics: outstanding professors and researchers & certain multinational executives & managers.
  • Second Preference Category – Members of “The Professions” – Persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts and business – Defined as a member of the professions holding an advanced degree or equivalent, or baccalaureate degree plus at least 5 years of progressive experience in the specialty, and persons of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts and business.
  • Third Preference Category – Professionals – A person who holds a baccalaureate degree and who is a member of the professions and Skilled and Unskilled Workers – Skilled workers with at least two years training or experience and unskilled workers whose skills are in short supply in the U.S. Note: The Embassy does not keep a list of these professions.
  • Fourth Preference CategorySpecial immigrants, including Religious Workers.
  • Fifth Preference Category  – Investor visas – Investors may qualify for employment creation immigrant visas if they seek to enter the United States for the purpose of establishing a new commercial enterprise.