EB-4 Green Card Guide
You may be eligible for an employment-based, fourth preference (EB-4) visa if you are a special immigrant. There are many types of visas, but today we will focus on the EB-4 visa and how to obtain one.
What is the EB-4 visa?
The EB-4 Green Card is the fourth preference employment-based Green Card category. This category allows special immigrants and religious workers to become permanent residents in the United States.
Are there different types of EB-4 visas?
No, this visa is only for special immigrants. There are no subcategories.
Who can apply for the EB-4 visa?
You may be eligible for an employment-based, fourth preference (EB-4) visa if you are a special immigrant.
What are the EB-4 Eligibility Criteria?
The EB-4 is a category that is used for a broad variety of special immigrants, such as:
- Religious Workers.
- Special Immigrant Juveniles.
- Certain employees and former employees of the U.S. Government abroad.
- Individuals who served as interpreters/translators on behalf of the U.S. Government.
- Certain Physicians.
- Certain retired officers or employees of a G-4 international organization or NATO-6 civilian employees and their family members.
How long is the EB-4 visa Processing Time?
The EB-4 has a limit on the number of visas issued annually, so the processing time may vary according to many factors. If you are interested and want to learn more, please click here.
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Do I have to pay fees for the EB-4 visa?
There are different visa fees you will have to pay when applying for the EB-4 visa. -It will depend on whether you are sponsoring yourself or being sponsored by a U.S. employer. These fees are not fixed, and you can pay them online.
This is an example of other fees that include:
- USCIS Form I-360 petition filing fee (if self-petitioning): $435
- Biometrics fee (if required): $85
- USCIS Immigrant fee: $220
There are other forms which you have to fill and submit. If you are interested to know more, please click here.
Can I bring my family on an EB-4 visa?
Yes, you can! Some EB-4 classifications allow your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 to be admitted to the United States. For more information, please click here.
How is the application process?
To be able to apply for an EB-4 Green Card, the petitioner must comply with some requirements. Because it is a broad category, the specific requirements may differ, according to the case. However, in most cases, a permanent full-time job offer in the U.S. is needed.
It is possible to apply through one of the following ways: Consular Processing, if the individual is living outside the United States or Adjustment of Status, if the individual is currently living within the U.S.
In both cases mentioned above, the U.S. employer must file a Form I-360, also known as Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant. Supporting documents, such as tax returns, audit documents or financial statements must also be included, in order to establish that the employer has the financial means to pay the immigrant worker. The individual must then schedule an interview at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their home country if they are applying for Consular Processing. If the individual is already in the United States, a Form I-485 must be filed, in order to adjust status to obtain a Green Card.
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