Obtaining The Green Cards Necessary For Employment

Every year, about 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are issued to foreign workers and their family members on a temporary or permanent basis. These workers are essential to companies that are unable to find certain skills in their own market. Many Dallas businesses rely on Harrison-Donaldson to do the heavy lifting of bringing these workers legally into the U.S.

Which Worker Groups Are Given Preference?

The Department of State divides employment-based immigrant prospects into five groups, from E1 to E5:

Employment-based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. The Department of State issues a monthly visa bulletin, summarizing the availability of visa numbers for each preference category on a per-country basis. The categories are:

E1: Persons with "extraordinary ability" in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics

E2: Persons with a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor

E3: Skilled workers, professionals and unskilled workers. These persons need their prospective employer to have filed an approved Immigrant Petition.

E4: Certain special immigrants. These must be for the beneficiary of an approved Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.

E5: Immigrant investors investing in new, job-creating businesses in the U.S.

Permanent Employment-Based Visas

These are the green cards allowing foreign workers to work and live permanently in the U.S. The employer in question must file a petition with the USCIS. If the immigrant is already here in the U.S. on a temporary visa, they may request an adjustment of status to that of permanent resident.

Temporary Employment-Based Visas

These H-1B visas let employers hire foreign nationals to do specific jobs for a limited time. It begins with the employer filing a petition with the USCIS. The State Department decides if nonimmigrant status is granted. Upon expiration of the period of stay (unless the USCIS issued an extension), the worker must leave the country.


Need green cards for employment? Harrison-Donaldson, Attorney at Law, provides Dallas, Texas, businesses with personal attention, reasonable fees and effectiveness in staffing your business. Call our immigration lawyers at 972-746-2314, or email us your upcoming business needs.

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