Immigrant : Permanent Status : Employment Based
- EB1 - First Preference (Labor Certification is not required)
- Persons of Extraordinary Ability
- Outstanding Professors and Researchers
- Multinational Executives and Managers
- EB2 - Second Preference (Labor Certification is required, but may be waived) Members of Professions holding Advanced Degrees or Aliens of Exceptional Ability.
- EB3 - Third Preference (Labor Certification is required) Skilled Workers, Professionals and other Workers.
- EB4 - Fourth Preference - Special Immigrants
Religious Workers, Commuters from Border, Retired G-4 (Employee of international Organizations), Returning Residents and Ministers of religion.
- EB5 - Fifth Preference - Employment Creation Investors
With the 1990 Immigration Act, Congress has kept aside up to 10,000 visas per year just for alien investors in new commercial enterprises, who will create employment for at least ten individuals. There are two investor groups under the program - people who invest at least $500,000 in "targeted employment areas" (rural areas or areas experiencing high unemployment of at least 150% of the national average) and those who invest $1,000,000 in other areas. Not less than 3,000 of the annual allotment of visas in this category must go to the targeted employment areas.