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A deep dive into first-priority employment-based visas

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2022 | Immigration

We all have aspirations in our careers. One of your personal or professional goals may be to work in the United States. To do so, you will need an employment-based visa. Employment-based visas for workers fall under one of five categories, with the first category having priority over the second category, which has priority over the third category and so on. This post will closely examine the first preference category of workers.

The first priority category

The first priority category of employment-based visas is broken down into three sub-sections. The first is for workers with an extraordinary ability in certain fields. These workers must be able to demonstrate their national or international achievements and recognition.  You do not need to have a job offer to obtain a visa based on this sub- category.

The second subsection in category one is for workers who are outstanding professors or researchers. To fall under this sub-category a worker must have three or more years of experience in their field, with international recognition. Generally, this sub-category is made for professors or researchers at universities. You must have a job offer to obtain a visa based on this sub-category.

The third subsection in category one is for multinational managers or executives. You must have worked for a minimum of one year by the overseas division of the U.S. employer and have a job offer to be covered by this sub-category.

Limits on employment-based visas

Obtaining an employment-based visa can take a while. There are limits to how many employment-based visas will be issued each year, making the priority categories an important factor in determining whether you will receive an employment-based visa. Still, seeking a visa through employment can be a good way to enter the United States and pursue your professional and personal goals.