Employment First Preference (EB-2)

Employment Second Preference visas (EB-2 visas) are reserved for foreign workers who have advanced degrees, exceptional ability, and/or whose immigration is in the national interest.

  • Professionals holding an advanced degree or a baccalaureate degree and at least five years of progressive experience are eligible for the EB-2 visa.
  • Professionals with exceptional ability must have a degree of expertise significantly above the ordinary.
  • Aliens seeking a national interest waiver must demonstrate that his/her immigration to the U.S. will prospectively benefit the economy, cultural or educational interests, or welfare of the United States because of his/her exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business.

Approximately 28.6 percent of employment- based visas are reserved for EB-2 visa applicants. Applicants from China and India are backlogged in the EB-2 category because of oversubscription.