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Four major principles underlie U.S. policy on legal and permanent immigration: (1) reunification of families, (2) admission of persons with needed skills, (3) protection of refugees, and (4) diversity of admissions by country of origin.


Unlimited Number of Visas
  • Spouses, Parents, Children of U.S. Citizens (generally age 18 or older)

    Limited Number of Visas

    Family Sponsored

    226,000 to 480,000 / year
  • F1 - Unmarried Sons & Daughters of U.S. Citizens
  • 23,400 + unused F4
  • F2A - Spouses & Children (under age 21) of Lawful Permanent Residents
  • 87,934 + unused above
  • F2B - Unmarried Sons & Daughters (over 21) of Lawful Permanent Residents
  • 26,266 + unused above
  • F3 - Married Sons & Daughters of U.S. Citizens
  • 23,400 + unused above
  • F4 - Brothers & Sisters of U.S. Citizens
  • 65,000 + unused above

    Employment Based

    140,000 visas / year
  • EB-1 Priority Workers
  • 40,000 + unused EB4, EB5
  • EB-2 Advanced Degree Professionals and Persons with Exceptional Ability
  • 40,000 + unused EB1
      • Masters and doctoral degree holders, or equivalent
      • Bachelor’s degree plus 5years of progressive experience
      • Exceptional ability in sciences, arts, or business and will substantially benefit the U.S.
      • Note: Job offered must require advanced degree or bachelors degree+5 years of experience
      For a summary and comparison of Labor Certification exempt categories click here
  • EB-3 Skilled Workers / Basic Degree Professionals Other Workers
  • 40,000 + unused EB1, EB2
      • Skilled Workers: At least 2 years' training, experience, education
      • Degreed Professionals: Bachelor's degree in professional discipline
      • Other Workers: Less than 2 years' training or experience [10,000 limit]
      Labor Certification IS REQUIRED
  • EB-4 Special Immigrants
  • 10,000
      • Religious ministers and certain other religious worker.
      • Certain U.S. government employees abroad, certain international organization employees, certain Panama Canal Zone employees
      Labor Certification NOT required
  • EB-5 Employment Creation (Investors)
  • 10,000
      • Minimum of $1 million in capital in commercial enterprise; must employ 10 or more full-time U.S. Workers [7,000 visas/year limit]
      • In "targeted areas" $500,000 in capital required [3,000 visas/year limit]
      Labor Certification NOT required

    3. Refugees & Asylees

    50,000 Visas Available Annually

    Diversity Immigrants ("Green Card Lottery")

    • Nationalities (based on country of birth) determined annually by U.S. Government
    • Annual, month-long, on-line/internet registration period conducted by U.S. Department of State
    • Selection is on an at-random basis
    • Applicants must have completed secondary school or have two years of experience in an occupation requiring two years or more for qualification in the occupation
    • Must meet all other, usual requirements for U.S. immigrant or permanent resident status.

    A Note About Dependent Family Members Generally

    In most cases, the spouse and/or any unmarried children under 21 years of age may be included in the "principal" applicant's request for permanent resident status, provided that the relationship to the principal applicant exists on the date of the principal's admission to the U.S. as a permanent resident.

    A Note About Country Limits

    To assure a heterogeneous mix of immigrants, the law places a ceiling or cap on the number of permanent visas that may be issued annually to natives of any one particular country. The limits are as follows:

    Foreign State Annual Limit 7% of total Family and Employment visas (minimum of 25,620)
    Dependent Area Annual Limit 2% of total Family and Employment visas (minimum of 7,320)

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