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Employment-Based Green Cards


Immigration Attorneys Dedicated to Assisting Residents of Boston

American employers or foreign citizens can petition to obtain the right to reside and work within the U.S., but the process is not always easy. At Maiona Ward, our skilled business immigration lawyers help individuals seeking employment-based green cards to come to the Boston area. We understand that obtaining legal status in the U.S. can significantly affect the future of a non-citizen and the productivity of a business, and we meticulously examine the details of every case. Our attorneys can advise you on the applicable rules and regulations and the documentation you need.

Green Cards Based on Employment

There are a variety of employment-based green cards that can be pursued in the United States. Under immigration law, individuals with certain skills or talents may be able to work in the U.S. and even become lawful permanent residents (green card). Depending on your level of education and the nature of your employment, you may be able to apply for an employment-based green card if you fall into one of the following categories.

Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience or training in their field may be interested in applying for EB-3 status. Essentially, the EB-3 category is designed for “skilled workers” or “professionals.” The relevant experience should not be of a temporary or seasonal nature and if possible not with the sponsoring employer unless certain conditions are met.

The EB-2 category can be useful for non-citizens who have an advanced degree, who have exceptional ability in the fields of business, arts, or sciences, or who are seeking a national interest waiver. The qualifying degree is usually a master’s or doctorate degree earned in the U.S. or its foreign equivalent.

Also of potential interest is the EB-1 employment-based status, which is intended for “priority workers.” This term refers to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability, an outstanding professor or researcher, or a multinational business executive or manager. The EB-1 category is a way for individuals to obtain an employment-based green card. Each occupational category has specific requirements that must be met. For example, individuals who fall into the “extraordinary ability” category must be recognized as being at the top of their field and must be coming to the U.S to continue working in that field.

Finally, the EB-4 status is reserved for “special immigrants,” such as religious workers, broadcasters, physicians, Iraqi or Afghan translators, Iraqis who have assisted the U.S., retired NATO-6 employees, and a number of other categories. In certain instances, an EB-4 holder’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 also may be admitted to the U.S.

Discuss Your Business Immigration Needs with a Boston Lawyer

At Maiona Ward, our immigration attorneys are familiar with employment-based green cards as well as H-1B visas and other types of legal status. Our Boston office has successfully filed numerous EB-1 A, EB-1B and EB-1C, as well as National Interest Waivers, cases over the years and understands the unique requirements of these categories. We can examine the facts of your case and guide you through this complicated process. We proudly represent clients in communities throughout Massachusetts, such as in Cambridge, Waltham, and Worcester. Maiona Ward is part of a network of firms serving people and entities across the world. To learn more, call us at 617-695-2220 or contact us online. We will be happy to discuss your questions regarding any immigration matter.

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