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Must I have extraordinary abilities to obtain a work visa?

Citizens of other countries who would like to immigrate to Georgia or another part of the United States for employment opportunities do not necessarily have to have any extraordinary abilities to be able to legally do so. Although applicants who can demonstrate that they are experts in their field are given top priority, there are still a number of work visas given to applicants who hold advanced degrees or who have no degree at all.

The three major categories of employment-based immigration visas are Employment First Preference (E1), Employment Second Preference (E2) and Employment Third Preference (E3). Each of these categories of applicants is given 28.6 percent of the annual worldwide employment-based immigration visa limit. The remaining employment visas are given to immigrant investors and certain special immigrants like religious workers, broadcasters and Iraqi and Afghan citizens who have worked for the U.S. government.

To qualify for an E3 visa, an individual must have a prospective employer in the U.S. who is willing to submit an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker form on their behalf. Workers may also be required to obtain labor certification that is approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. E3 applicants might be skilled workers with two years of training or work experience, professionals with baccalaureate degrees or unskilled workers who have less than two years of experience or training.

A person might be interested in applying for an employment-based visa if they are in touch with an employer in the U.S. who is willing to hire them. Qualified applicants may have a greater chance of success with this type of immigration matter if they seek guidance from an attorney who has experience in this area.

Source: Bureau of consular affairs , "Employment-Based Immigrant Visa", January 07, 2015

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