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The order of preference for employment-based green cards

Workers who immigrate to the United States may originally do so on a work visa. Like a tourist visa or a student visa, this document allows the person to come into the United States for a set amount of time so that they can take the job. It expires and has to be renewed if they want to stay.

As a result, workers who want to stay indefinitely may seek to become permanent residents. This is often called getting a “green card.” It is different than becoming a citizen, but it’s the natural course of action for a lot of people who would like to remain in the country.

Not all jobs are equal

While you may love your job and think that it is very important, remember that the government does not see all jobs as being equal. They have an order of preference for those seeking green cards, and it is as follows:

  • EB-1 (first preference): These are priority workers. That have above-average abilities. Examples could include world-class scientists, artists, athletes or business owners. Many “outstanding” educators and professors may also fit the bill. These people bring uncommon abilities and skills.
  • EB-2 (second preference): These are people with advanced degrees and who have exceptional abilities. They’re workers who will likely have no problem finding and holding a job. They may not be making any unique breakthroughs in their fields, but they contribute at a high level in jobs most people can’t get.
  • EB-3 (third preference): These are workers with specific skills. These skills may not be unique, but these are still workers who have talents and experience. An example could be someone who is trained as a plumber or a website designer. There are many people who have learned these skills, but they are still specialized enough that your everyday citizen may not have them.

Where exactly does your job fit? How will it impact your green card application? That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced legal team on your side.