Updates on all topics related to foreign investors and workers in multiple occupations and employment categories.
These visa categories include:
First Preference EB-1
This preference is reserved for persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors or researchers; and multinational executives and managers.
Second Preference EB-2
This preference is reserved for persons who are members of the professions holding advanced degrees or for persons with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences, or business.
Third Preference EB-3
This preference is reserved for professionals, skilled workers, and other workers.
Fourth Preference EB-4
This preference is reserved for “special immigrants,” which includes certain religious workers, employees of U.S. foreign service posts, retired employees of international organizations, alien minors who are wards of courts in the United States, and other classes of aliens.
Fifth Preference EB-5
This preference is reserved for business investors who invest $1 million or $500,000 (if the investment is made in a targeted employment area) in a new commercial enterprise that employs at least 10 full-time U.S. workers.
USCIS Hosts Entrepreneurs in Residence Information Summit
Agency kicks off effort to ensure that immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs are clear and consistent, and better reflect today's business realities
Transcript: Press Conference: USCIS Announces "Entrepreneurs in Residence" Initiative, Oct. 11, 2011 (42KB PDF)
USCIS Announces "Entrepreneurs in Residence" Initiative
Agency focuses on fully realizing the job-creating potential of current immigration law
USCIS Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprises and Spur Job Creation Fact Sheet
Questions & Answers: USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum on Establishing the "Employee-Employer Relationship" in H-1B Petitions
Employment-Based Second Preference Immigrant Visa Category Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Entrepreneurs and the Employment-Based Second Preference Immigrant Visa Category
Transcript: Press Conference on Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprised and Spur Job Creation, Aug. 2, 2011 (50KB PDF)
Moderator: Edna Ruano, Chief, Office of Communications
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
USCIS Proposes Significant Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing to Help America Win the Future
Actions Will Streamline Program Designed to Create Jobs