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Chicago Immigration Law Office- Employment Immigration Lawyers

Our Chicago immigration law office can help employers sponsor valuable foreign employees to work and live in the United States. An immigrant is a foreign-born person who has been approved for lawful permanent residence in the US. Immigrants have permanent, unrestricted eligibility for employment authorization. In 1990, Congress created a priority system for granting permanent residence to noncitizens based on employment skills. Annually, 140,000 immigration visas are available for principal noncitizens who qualify under the following five employment-based ("EB") preference categories:

First "EB-1" Priority Workers
  • 40,000 visas per year
  • Noncitizens of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics
  • Outstanding professors or researchers
  • Certain managers and executives transferred to the United States to work for their foreign employer or a U.S. affiliate or subsidiary firm.
Second "EB-2" Advanced Degree Professionals and Noncitizens of Exceptional Ability
  • 40,000 visas per year
  • Noncitizens of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business.
  • Members of the professions, if they hold an advanced degree (or the equivalent).
Third "EB-3" Skilled Workers, Professionals and Other Workers
  • 40,000 visas per year
  • Professionals with bachelor's degrees (not qualifying for a higher preference category)
  • Skilled workers (minimum two years training and experience)
  • Unskilled workers (maximum 10,000 visas available per year, of which 5,000 have been dedicated to noncitizens who can adjust status under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).
Fourth "EB-4" Special Immigrants - Religious Workers
  • 10,000 visas per year
  • This classification is comprised of all special
  • Former U.S. citizens who are eligible to become citizens again
  • Religious workers
Fifth "EB-5" Immigrant Investors
  • 10,000 visas per year
  • Noncitizen entrepreneurs whose new commercial enterprises will directly create 10 or more new jobs in the U.S.; 3,000 visas reserved for investors in targeted employment areas and 300 for Immigrant Investor Pilot Program.

If you have questions about permanent residence through employment, out Firm can help you. Call the Chicago immigration law office of Zneimer & Zneimer P.C. at 773-516-4100 or contact us online for a consultation to discuss your immigration law issues or questions.

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I have dealt with Sofia Zneimer since 2009. She is a great lawyer and has helped me tremendously in navigating the process of green card. She is a great resource to have by your side. She is easy to reach. She responds very quickly, which was very important for me. If she can’t answer the question the same day, she does let you know that she is working on it. I would have no hesitation in recruiting her. Hemant S.
I called Zneimer & Zneimer after I was rear-ended on the highway. Peter and Sofia Zneimer have been very helpful in dealing with the insurance company and getting money for my car damage. They are also handling my injury case. They answer all my questions and I am always able to reach them on the phone anytime I want to talk to them. I am confident in having them represent me. The best choice i ever made. Thank you! Emil G.