Welcome to The Deng Law Firm's comprehensive guide on the EB-2 Green Card. Our experienced team is dedicated to assisting individuals and businesses with their employment-based immigration needs. This page will provide you with detailed information about the EB-2 Green Card category and how you can successfully obtain one.
What is the EB-2 Green Card?
The EB-2 Green Card is a permanent residency option for individuals with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in their respective fields. It falls under the employment-based immigration category and provides a pathway for skilled professionals to live and work in the United States.
To be eligible for an EB-2 Green Card, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- Advanced Degree: You hold a master's degree or higher from a recognized institution in a specific field.
- Exceptional Ability: You possess exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, which must be proven through extensive documentation.
Additionally, you must have a job offer from a U.S. employer who is willing to sponsor your EB-2 Green Card application. The employer must also obtain a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor to ensure that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively impact the job market for U.S. workers.
The application process for an EB-2 Green Card involves several steps:
- Job Offer: Secure a job offer from a U.S. employer who is willing to sponsor your EB-2 Green Card application.
- Labor Certification: The employer must obtain a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor by demonstrating that there are no qualified U.S. workers available for the position and that hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect wages and working conditions for U.S. workers.
- Form I-140 Petition: Once the labor certification is approved, the next step is to file Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This form establishes your eligibility for the EB-2 Green Card.
- Priority Date: The priority date is the date when the Form I-140 is filed with USCIS. It plays a significant role in determining when an EB-2 Green Card becomes available to you, as there are usually annual numerical limits on the number of EB-2 Green Cards issued.
- Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing: If you are already in the United States, you can apply for an adjustment of status to become a permanent resident. If you are outside the United States, you will go through consular processing at a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country.
Benefits of the EB-2 Green Card
Obtaining an EB-2 Green Card offers numerous benefits, including:
- Permanent Residency: The EB-2 Green Card provides permanent residency, allowing you to live and work in the United States indefinitely.
- Work Flexibility: Unlike some other employment-based visas, the EB-2 Green Card does not require you to work for a specific employer or in a specific location, giving you increased flexibility in your career choices.
- Access to Certain Government Benefits: As a permanent resident, you may be eligible for certain government benefits, such as access to healthcare and social security.
- Opportunities for Family Members: Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to apply for derivative visas and join you in the United States.
Why Choose The Deng Law Firm?
The Deng Law Firm is a trusted leader in immigration law and provides exceptional services in the field of employment-based immigration. Here's why you should choose us for your EB-2 Green Card application:
- Expertise: Our team of experienced immigration attorneys specializes in employment-based immigration and has successfully handled numerous EB-2 Green Card cases.
- Personalized Approach: We understand that each case is unique, and we provide personalized attention to every client, tailoring our strategies to meet their specific needs.
- Thorough Documentation: We ensure that all required documentation is prepared accurately and comprehensively to maximize the success of your EB-2 Green Card application.
- Responsive Communication: We value clear and timely communication, keeping you informed about the progress of your case and addressing any concerns or questions you may have.
- Successful Track Record: Our firm has a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients, and we strive to maintain the highest standards of excellence in all aspects of our practice.
If you are interested in applying for an EB-2 Green Card or have any questions regarding employment-based immigration, please feel free to contact The Deng Law Firm. Our dedicated team is here to assist you every step of the way.