New Jersey and other states are places that up to 140,000 immigrants wind up calling home each year. Immigrants who have a great education, in-demand job skills and the proper work experience can be eligible for permanent work visas that allow them to work in the United States. There are many different types of visas that these immigrants can apply for.
When it comes to permanent work visas, the EB-1 is considered the First Preference for immigration. Aliens who fit in one of three categories can apply for this permanent visa. These include outstanding professors and researchers, certain multinational managers or executives and those with an extraordinary ability in science, business, education or athletics.
The Second Preference permanent visa is available for three different types of immigrants. These include those holding an advanced degree, those who have an exceptional ability in science, business or art and any alien with a national interest waiver.
The Third Preference permanent visa is eligible for those who are classified as skilled workers, professionals or other workers. Skilled workers include persons who have a minimum of two years of training or experience in a particular field. Professionals are those who have a foreign equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree. Other workers are those who have performed unskilled labor that requires fewer than two years of training.
The Fourth Preference permanent visa is offered to a number of different aliens. Some of the most common include translators, physicians, religious workers, broadcasters, retired officers and members of the U.S. armed forces.
The Fifth Preference permanent visa is for aliens who are investors. All investors that apply must be eligible for a green card and create or preserve at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.
Aliens who are looking to live in the United States on a permanent basis may be eligible for an employment-based visa. As you’ve discovered, there are five different preference levels, with First Preference given the most priority.