The Process for Employment-Based Green Cards
Obtaining your employment-based green card can be a lengthy and complex process, but we are here to help. The attorneys at Culbertson & Associates are well versed on the necessary documentation and requirements for each employment-based category and will guide you through the process.
For EB-2 and EB-3 employment-based categories, the sponsoring employer will be required to file a labor certification with the Depart of Labor, Form ETA-9089. These certifications are filed through an electronic system called PERM (Program for Electronic Review Management).
During this PERM Labor Certification step, the sponsoring employer must prove that there are no qualified U.S. citizens who are available or willing to perform the same job. This to ensure that jobs are not being taken away from qualified U.S. citizens.
The PERM labor certification step is not required for EB-1 Priority Workers.
I-140 Filed with USCIS
Once the labor certification and Form I-140 are approved, the applicant has two options for processing
1 ) Adjustment of Status
If the applicant is already in the U.S., he or she can adjust his or her current status while in the U.S. to becoming a lawful permanent resident.
2 ) Immigrant Visa (Consular) Processing
If the applicant is outside of the U.S., he or she can go through consular processing where an immigrant visa interview takes place at an Embassy or Consulate outside the U.S.
This is NOT a DIY (DO-IT-YOURSELF) Project!
The process for obtaining an employment-based green card is not a do-it-yourself project. We work with foreign nationals and companies in all industries and are very experienced in preparing the necessary documents for the green card process.
K.E. Culbertson has handled immigration cases at both the preparation and the trial level in the U.S. Immigration Court system. He has litigated trials and formal hearings in Charlotte, N.C., and in Washington, D.C. Mr. Culbertson is here to assist you.