EB-2 VISAS

What is an EB-2 Visa?

EB-2 Visas are for members of certain professions (doctors, business managers, educators, etc.) who hold a master’s degree or higher, or those who can otherwise prove “exceptional ability” (i.e. expertise that is significantly higher than the norm) in their particular field, whether the sciences or arts, medicine, business, or athletics. EB-2 Visas are “Immigrant Visas” which provide the beneficiary Legal Permanent Resident Status.

EB-2 Visas  Are Divided Into Three Subgroups

  1. EB-2(A): Advanced Degree Professional 

  2. EB-2(B): Individuals With Exceptional Ability 

  3. EB-2(C): National Interest Waivers

What is an EB-2 (A) Visa?

EB-2(A) applicants must hold an ‘advanced’ degree, meaning at least a master’s degree, or have equivalent qualifications; such as a baccalaureate degree and substantial experience in their field. Generally, a minimum of 5 years’ experience is required in the absence of an advanced degree. EB-2(A) applicants must have a confirmed job offer from a United States employer. The job offered must require an advanced degree or equivalent qualifications.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Prospective Visa Holder must be able to provide Proof of an advanced degree, such as a master’s or PhD or Proof of a baccalaureate degree and at least 5 years of experience in your field 

  2. Prospective Visa Holder must be able to provide Proof of a U.S. job offer, which requires an advanced degree or equivalent

  3. Employer must obtain a Labor Certification, through which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires to prove that there are no qualified legal U.S.-based workers for the position in question.

What is an EB-2(B) Visa?

EB-2(B) Visas are for individuals who can prove that they possess “exceptional ability” in the areas of arts or sciences, business, medicine, etc. The term “exceptional ability” is defined as “significantly above that normally encountered.”

Required Qualifications

  • The Employer must obtain a Labor Certification, through which the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requires to prove that there are no qualified legal U.S.-based workers for the position in question.

  • EB-2(B) Visa applicants must prove that they have a confirmed job offer from a United States company. The job offered must be in line with the applicant’s level of exceptional ability.

  • EB-2(B) Visa applicants must prove that they meet at least three of seven criteria set by USCIS. The criteria include: 

    • ​Official academic record showing that you have a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award 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 profession or 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

Visa Process

The EB-2(B) Visa process is lengthy, very time consuming and requires specific knowledge and experience. If the EB-2(B) Visa is not the appropriate route for you, there may be other options. Consulting with an experienced EB-2(B) Visa Attorney at Liberty Johnson will make the EB-2(B) Visa Process easier and less time consuming for you. Contact Liberty Johnson for a free consultation.

What is an EB-2(C) Visa?

EB-2(C) Visas provide an alternative path to an EB-2 Visa for an individual who is requesting that the usual Labor Certification and job offer requirements be waived because it is in the interest of the United States. This generally means that EB-2(C) Applicants must demonstrate that they have an exceptional ability or talent in certain fields that will make them an asset to the United States. While EB-2(C)Visas can be preferable to other employment-based green card because they do not require a labor certification or a job offer, they tend to be complex and involve extensive scrutiny in the approval process.

The required qualifications are as follows:

EB-2(C) Applicants must demonstrate that they meet at least three of the following seven criteria:

  1. Proof of an academic qualification in your field of exceptional ability 

  2. Proof that you have at least 10 years of experience working full time in your field 

  3. A professional license, if needed for your profession 

  4. Proof that you earn a salary appropriate to your level of exceptional ability 

  5. Membership of professional associations in your field 

  6. Proof that your contributions to your field have been recognized by your peers, such as prizes and awards 

  7. Some other proof of your exceptional ability is sometimes accepted, please contact us if you’re not sure if the evidence you have is suitable

Visa Process

The EB-2(C) Visa process is lengthy, very time consuming and requires specific knowledge and experience. If the EB-2(C) Visa is not the appropriate route for you, there may be other options. Consulting with an experienced EB-2(C) Visa Attorney at Liberty Johnson will make the EB-2(C) Visa Process easier and less time consuming for you. Contact Liberty Johnson for a free consultation.

Contact Us

1(800)-838-3292

111 W. OCEAN BLVD., SUITE 400 LONG BEACH, CA 90802

Stay Connected

Follow Us

  • LinkedIn - White Circle
  • Yelp - White Circle
  • Facebook - White Circle

Make a Payment