EB-2: Second Preference

For individuals who are members of the professionals hold an advanced degree or its equivalent, or individuals have bachelor’s degrees with at least 5 years of working experience in the profession, and for persons with exceptional ability in the fields of sciences, arts, or business.

The occupational categories and requirements for EB-2 are listed below:

  • Official academic record showing that the alien worker has a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to the field of the worker’s exceptional ability
  • Letters documenting of full-time experience for at least 10 years in the related occupation
  • A license to practice the alien worker’s profession or certification for the related profession or occupation
  • Proof of receiving a salary or other remuneration for services that demonstrates the worker’s exceptional ability
  • Membership in a professional association(s)
  • Recognition for the alien workers’ achievements and significant contributions to the related industry or field of the peers, government entities, professional or business organizations
  • Other comparable evidence of eligibility is also acceptable.

Note: EB-2 petitions must generally be accompanied by an approved individual labor certification from the Department of Labor on Form ETA-750. The U.S. employer needs to file a Form I-140 for the alien worker.

Family of EB-2 Visa Holders

The spouse and children under the age of 21 of the EB-2 visa holder may be admitted to the United States in E-21 and E-22 immigrant status, respectively. The spouse is also eligible to file for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) during the process of applying for permanent resident status (status as a green card holder).

For more information about Employment-Based Immigrant visa, you may check U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ web page:

EB-2:  http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/permanent-workers/employment-based-immigration-second-preference-eb-2