Permanent Authorization for Work in the United States
Persons seeking to immigrate to the United States generally must seek legal permanent residence (often called “LPR status” or a “green card”) on the basis of:
(2) Permanent employment in the United States;
(3) Diversity; or
(4) Humanitarian status.
Employment-based immigrants include persons with offers of employment in the United States in occupations in which U.S. workers are in short supply, and certain highly talented foreign nationals who may enter the country regardless of the availability of U.S. workers, and, in some instances, regardless of job offers. Each immigrant preference category has its own set of requirements and quotas. Learn more about the most common employment-based preferences here.