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In general, a specific offer of employment from a U.S. based employer is required to qualify for immigration in the employment based preference categories. 

Priority Workers

Persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, arts, business or athletics: outstanding professors and researchers & certain multinational executives & managers.

Members of "The Professions", Persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts and business


Defined as a member of the professions holding an advanced degree or equivalent, or baccalaureate degree plus at least 5 years of progressive experience in the specialty, and persons of exceptional ability in the sciences, arts and business.


A person who holds a baccalaureate degree and who is a member of the profession.

Skilled and Unskilled Workers

Skilled workers with at least two years training or experience and unskilled workers whose skills are in short supply in the U.S. Note: The Embassy does not keep a list of these professions.

Special immigrants


Certain religious workers and ministers, certain international organization employees and their immediate family members, qualified and recommended current and former employees of the U.S. government and returning residents.


Persons who will create employment for at least ten unrelated persons by investing a minimum of $1,000,000 in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. This program has been extended through September 30, 2009.

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