Ray Law International

Employment-Based Immigration

Chicago Employment-Based Immigration Attorneys

Legal Assistance for People Who Wish to Work in the United States

Green cards are one of the most common methods of employment-based immigration and are among the best options for an immigrant seeking to stay in the United States for an extended period. One of the most common ways to obtain a green card is through previous success in applying for other work-based visas. Strategies to apply for a green card are a core specialization of the team at Ray Law International. Many successful applications over decades of practice will bolster that claim.

While being a common steppingstone, successfully applying for an employment-based visa is still quite complicated and requires significant proactive planning. However, depending on your skill level and profession, the process can be significantly simplified with the help of lawyers. When considering applying for a work visa, you will need to prepare a labor certification and petition. Your prospective employer will first need to complete the labor application and certification, and only then will you be able to file your “Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker” form.

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Types of U.S. Work Visas

Skilled individuals wishing to work in the United States can apply for employment-based green cards, which are made available each year in limited quantity. If a worker is granted a work visa, he or she will be able to enter the United States to accept an offer of employment. Spouses and children of permanent immigrant workers may also apply for admission to the U.S.

The five types of employment-based visas offered in the U.S. include:

EB-1 (First Preference)

First preference EB-1 visas are available to individuals with “extraordinary ability,” such as scientists, researchers, academics, business professionals, and athletes. A certification by the U.S. Department of Labor is not required for this type of visa.

EB-2 (Second Preference)

Second preference EB-2 visas are open to professionals with either an advanced degree, at least 10 years of experience in a valuable field, or whose employment is of national interest to the United States. Labor certification is required for all but the latter category.

EB-3 (Third Preference)

Third preference EB-3 visas are available to individuals with a Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent), in addition to skilled and unskilled workers who have received a non-temporary job offer from an employer in the United States. Labor certification is required for all applicants.

EB-4 (Fourth Preference)

Fourth preference EB-4 visas are open to a wide range of candidates, including retired employees of international organizations, employees of United States foreign service posts, certain religious workers, and non-citizen minors who are wards of U.S. courts. Labor certification is waived for EB-4 visas.

EB-5 (Fifth Preference)

Finally, fifth preference EB-5 visas are available to foreign individuals who participate the Immigrant Investment Program. This program allows individuals to quickly obtain residence in the U.S. in return for a qualifying investment in new commercial enterprises that provide jobs to U.S. workers. Labor certification is waived for EB-5 visas.  

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Apply for a Work Visa in Chicago

Once the preliminary documents have been filed, you will determine which preference category you will fall under (E1-E5). The application process for each category will be varied. The most efficient strategy at this stage in your immigration journey is to enlist the help of Ray Law International and allow our attorneys to guide you to the category that best fits your situation.


For assistance with your case, contact us online or call (888) 474-8048 to speak with our employment-based immigration lawyers in Chicago.


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The attorneys at Ray Law International are committed to providing clients in the United States and abroad with effective, innovative immigration solutions. We find fulfillment in advocating for our clients by helping them understand the immigration process and reach their goals. We offer services in English, Spanish, and Japanese.

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