U.S. immigration law provides aliens with a variety of ways to become lawful permanent residents through employment in the United States. These employment-based (EB) “preference immigrant” categories include:
- First preference (EB-1)- priority workers
- EB-1A: Aliens with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics;
- EB-1B: Outstanding professors and researchers; or
- EB-1C: Certain multinational managers and executives.
- Second preference (EB-2)- aliens who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or who have exceptional ability (including requests for national interest waivers).
- EB-2 advanced degrees;
- EB-2 exceptional ability; or
- EB-2 national interest waivers.
- Third preference (EB-3): skilled workers, professionals, or other workers.