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Immigrant visa to work in the U.S.

Learn about the requirements to apply for an immigrant visa through employment and how to sponsor a permanent worker.

If you want to work and live permanently in the U.S., you must meet the requirements to apply for an employment-based immigrant visa in one of the available categories.

Find out who is eligible for an immigrant visa to work in the U.S.

If you have the necessary education or skills, you may be eligible for a permanent worker visa to immigrate with your family to the U.S.

There are five categories of immigrant visas for permanent workers. The requirements to qualify vary depending on the type of visa.

See the 5 categories of permanent worker visas.

  • Each category is intended for different professions or skills.
  • Some categories require you to have a job offer from a U.S. employer (sponsor) before submitting your visa application.
  • Some categories require the employer (sponsor) to file an application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and obtain a labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL).

Learn about the requirements and the process to apply for each of these employment-based immigrant visas, including:

  • Forms and documents you will need
  • Processing fees
  • Visa interview
  • Medical exams
  • How to become a permanent resident (Green Card holder)

How to sponsor a permanent worker for a U.S. job

To hire a foreign worker, you may have to sponsor them so they can get an immigrant work visa. 

First, find out if you have to get a labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL). 

Once you have been certified, file your certification along with Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers with USCIS.

LAST UPDATED: May 2, 2023

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