EB-2—Exceptional Ability Worker
The EB-2 exceptional ability worker visa status is available to people in the fields of business, science, art, and education. In order to further qualify for this preference category, individuals must be able to produce at least three of the following forms of evidence that support their status as an exceptional ability worker:
- An official document from an academic institution that shows that the individual has a degree, certificate, diploma, or comparable award from a university or college that substantiates the claim of exceptional ability;
- Written acknowledgement from previous employers that demonstrates that the individual has at least 10 years of full-time experience in the designated occupation;
- Certification for a specific profession/occupation or a license to practice a profession;
- Evidence that demonstrates that the individual has previously commanded a salary, or any other comparable compensation that indicated exceptional ability;
- Evidence that the individual is a member of an applicable professional association;
- Evidence that the individual has been recognized for a significant achievement and contribution to a specific industry or field of peers, professional or business association, or governmental entity.
Under this second-preference employment-based preference category, employers are generally expected to obtain labor certification (PERM) from the Department of Labor before an individual may apply for this visa status. Once labor certification has been obtained, applicants from most countries (excepting China and India) are typically allowed to file their applications and petitions without having to first wait for numerical ability—this is not expected to change anytime in the foreseeable future.
Under a derivative status, the spouse and children of the main beneficiary will be eligible to obtain green cards, accompany the main beneficiary into the United States, and remain in the U.S. as long as the visa status of the main beneficiary is valid. To be eligible, children must be under the age of 21 and be unmarried.
The Austin immigration attorneys with the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, will charge the following in attorney’s fees for a normal case that is filed in the United States with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (please take a moment to look over this disclaimer), in addition to the filing fees that are currently charged by the USCIS:
Step 1—Labor Certification
- $3,000 to cover attorney’s fees
- The cost to advertise this position (this is variable)
Step 2—Permanent Residency Petition
- $3,000 to cover attorney’s fees for the main beneficiary
- $700 to cover the filing fee for the main petition with the USCIS
Step 3—Adjustment of Status
- $2,000 to cover attorney’s fees for the main beneficiary (including his or her immediate family)
- $1,225 USCIS fee each person, (or $750 for each person under the age of 14)
At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys have the experience and the resources to help you work through the application process for your EB-2 exceptional ability worker visa status; we can help you ensure that your application is complete and filed by every applicable deadline (please take a moment to look over some of our approved cases). To speak with one of our immigration attorneys in Austin about the particulars of your situation, please call our Austin offices at (512) 323-2333 today.