Employment-Based Immigration: Second Preference
You may be eligible for an employment-based, second preference visa if you are a member of the professions holding an advanced degree or its equivalent, or an alien who has exceptional ability.
The job you apply for must require an advanced degree and you must possess such a degree or its equivalent (a baccalaureate degree plus 5 years progressive work experience in the field).
- Documentation, such as an official academic record showing that you have a U.S. advanced degree or foreign equivalent degree, or an official academic record showing that you have a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent degree.
- Letters from current or former employers showing that you have at least 5 years of progressive post-baccalaureate work experience in the specialty.
You must be able to show exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. An exceptional ability means a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, or business.
You must meet at least 3 of the evidence documents below.
National Interest Waiver
Aliens seeking a national interest waiver are requesting that the Labor Certification be waived because it is in the interest of the United States. Though the jobs that qualify for national interest waiver are not defined by statute, national interest waiver are usually granted to those who have an exceptional ability and whose employment in the United States would greatly benefit the nation.
Those seeking a national interest waiver may self-petition (they do not need an employer to sponsor them) and may file their labor certification directly with USCIS along with the Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker.
You must at least meet three of the criteria below and demonstrate that it is in the national interest that you work permanently in the United States.
Evidence for Exceptional Ability and National Interest Waiver
- Official Academic record showing that you have a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar ward from a college, university, school or other institution of learning relating to your area of exceptional ability.
- Letters documenting at least 10 years of full-time experience in your occupation.
- A license to practice your profession or certification for your occupation.
- Evidence that you have commanded a salary or other remuneration for services that demonstrates your exceptional ability.
- Membership in a professional association(s)
- Recognition for your achievements and significant contributions to your industry or field by your peers, government entities, professional or business organizations.
- Other comparable evidence of eligibility is also acceptable.
Can I bring my family with me to the United States with an EB-2?
Your spouse and children under the age of 21 may be admitted to the United States in E-21 and E-22 immigrant status, respectively. During the process where you and your spouse are applying for permanent resident status your spouse is eligible to file for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)