EB-2: Employment 2nd Preference
There are three sub-categories under EB-2, they are: EB-2A, Advanced Degree; EB-2B, Exceptional Ability; and EB-3C, National Interest Waiver. EB-2 applicants generally need to apply for Labor Certificate and be sponsored by an employer, except for NIW.
Advanced Degree: The job must require an advanced degree and the applicant must possess such a degree or its equivalent. An advanced degree generally means above baccalaureate degree, and a baccalaureate degree plus 5 years of progressive post graduation work in the particular field generally equals Maters degree. These shall be proven by official academic record, letter from employer, salary and employment records.
Exceptional Ability: The applicant must be able to show exceptional ability in sciences, arts, or business. Exceptional Ability means “a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, or business.” The applicant must meet at least three of the requirements below and demonstrate that he or she should be allowed to work permanently in the United States.
Direct family members of EB-2 applicant, spouse and children under 18, may be admitted into the U.S. under E-21 and E-22 visas. While in the U.S., spouses are eligible to work upon issuance of Employment Authorization Document, and children can go to schools.
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