Second Preference (EB-2)

Second Preference Workers (EB-2 workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability):

A petition for a foreign professional holding an advanced degree may be filed when the job requires an advanced degree (beyond the baccalaureate) and the alien possesses such a degree or the equivalent. Alternatively, the alien may have a bachelor’s degree and at least five (5) years of experience. The petition must include documentation, such as an official academic record showing that the alien has a U.S. advanced degree or a foreign equivalent degree, or an official academic record showing that the alien has a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent degree and letters from current or former employers showing that the alien has at least 5 years of progressive post-baccalaureate experience in the specialty.

In order to be classified as having exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, the individual must provide documentation of three of the following:
  • An official academic record showing the alien has a degree, diploma, certificate or similar award from a college, university, school or other institution of learning relating to the area of exceptional ability
  • Letters documenting at least ten years of full-time experience in the occupation being sought
  • A license to practice the profession or certification for a particular profession or occupation
  • Evidence that the alien has commanded a salary or other remuneration for services, which demonstrates exceptional ability
  • Membership in professional associations
  • Recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, government entities, professional or business organizations

Our managing attorney Karen-Lee Pollak and experienced immigration support team will work with you to determine the best possible employment preference category for you.

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