Sometimes an employer, especially in a highly specialized industry, needs to bring in a worker from outside the United States. One might think the worker would need to apply for a work visa on their own, but this is not the case. There is a specific type of visa that allows employers to sponsor skilled foreign nationals to come to the United States and work for them. Employer sponsored visas are becoming more and more common.
About 140,000 visas are available each year for skilled workers that can get sponsorship from employers. Once an employer gets a labor certification for that worker, they must file an I-140, a Petition for Alien Worker. This must be done in the appropriate employment category, of which there are five. The categories are:
EB visas are approved based on their priority date, in the chronological order that the applications are received. Given that there is a select quota for how many visas of each category are granted per year, it may be years before an application is approved. Depending on the category, family members are able to apply for immigration status as well. Usually the immediate family members of EB-2, -3 and -4 holders are able to obtain status. However, they will be subject to the same quota and waiting periods.
Resources in Illinois
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