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Understanding the EB-2 visa and its implications for immigrants

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2024 | Firm News

The United States allocates many green cards to foreign workers annually. These are employment-based visas, also abbreviated as EB-2. Immigrants receive permanent residency in the United States, benefiting the entire nation.

The EB-1 visa covers priority workers. However, the EB-2 visas apply to individuals with specific backgrounds, knowledge and skills. The applicants may fall under the Advanced degree (A), exceptional ability (B) or national interest waiver (C) categories.

EB-2 processing time

It takes approximately four months to process Form I-140. The I-140 will take 15 days to complete if you choose premium processing. The next step is waiting for the visa. The visa processing time entirely depends on your country of origin. The visa gives you the go-ahead to apply for a green card. If you are already in the U.S., the application month for employment Visas is the month of September.

Benefits of EB2 visa

Possessing a work visa entails numerous advantages, some of which include:

Easy processing

The fastest route to obtaining American permanent residency is through an EB2 visa. This comes with numerous benefits, including eligibility for in-state college tuition. It also increases your chances of receiving permanent U.S. citizenship.

Spousal and dependent benefits

Your unmarried children under 21 years and your spouse will be eligible for E-21 status. Once your spouse completes the Employment Authorization Documents, they can work in the United States. Your children will also study in the U.S. after applying for the E-22 visa.

Access to American healthcare

Every EB2 visa holder can get access to an American health insurance plan for immigrants. This affordable medical cover will be sufficient for your basic medical needs.

Labor certification is essential for EB2A and EB2B visas, though not required for EB2C. The PERM labor certificate helps in protecting American workers and the job market.