EB2 Green Card FAQs

Green Card Eligibility Under EB-2 Classification

Authored on: Tue, 03/12/2013 - 05:23

Question

Is it necessary for a beneficiary petitioned for Green Card under EB-2 classification (based on a U.S Master’s Degree) to have a degree from an accredited U.S. university?

Answer

A Beneficiary’s degree must be from an accredited university in order for the Beneficiary to be considered eligible for a Green Card under EB-2 classification. Evidence such as SEVIS certification or state board approval, which confirm that the university is a legitimate educational institution, is not sufficient to show accreditation for Green Card purposes. A university’s accreditation status may be determined from the following website:

http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

You may also want to watch this video Mr. Khanna prepared, “Accreditation of distance education for EB-2” and read the transcript:

 http://www.immigration.com/media/eb2-green-card/accreditation-distance-…


Completed Master's Degree in One Year

Authored on: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 01:54

Question

I have a Master’s Degree in Science. I have been awarded the final Degree certificate by the University. But I completed the conventional 2 year program in just 1 year. Will USCIS see my M.Sc degree incomplete?

Answer

This is where the evaluators step in. We have had issues with USCIS in these situations. Evaluation done under EDGE database should convince USCIS.

Qualifying Degrees for EB-2

Authored on: Wed, 01/02/2013 - 06:20

Question

What degrees qualify for EB-2?

Answer

In June 2007, the USCIS clarified what is considered to be equivalent to a U.S. Master’s Degree for Employment-Based Category 2. Each petition and its supporting documentation are examined on a case-by-case basis and degree equivalencies are based on the evidence presented with the individual case. However, the below is provided as a general outline:

1. U.S. Master’s Degree – As long as it is in the field required, no additional document is required.

2. Four-year Bachelor’s Degree + two-year Master’s Degree (India) – With degrees in the same or related fields, this will generally be considered the equivalent to a U.S. Master’s Degree and no additional document is required.

3. Three-year Bachelor’s Degree + three-year Master’s Degree (India) – With degrees in the same or related fields, this will generally be equivalent to a U.S. Master’s Degree and no additional document is required.

4. Three-year Bachelor’s Degree + one-year postgraduate diploma + two-year Master’s Degree (India) with degrees in the same or similar field - This would generally be considered the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree plus one additional year of education. Therefore, the beneficiary would also need to have five years' progressive experience. If the postgraduate diploma is determined to be progressive postgraduate education that is a continuation of the three-year Bachelor’s Degree, it is possible that this would be considered the equivalent to a U.S. Master’s Degree and there would be no need to establish five years' progressive experience.

5. Three-year Bachelor’s Degree + two-year Master’s Degree (India) – Generally, this would be the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree + one year and would require five years' progressive experience to qualify under the 2nd preference (EB-2) category. 

6. Three-year Bachelor’s Degree + two-year Master’s Degree (India) + five years' progressive, post-Master’s Degree experience – Generally, the educational degrees would be determined to be the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s + one year and the beneficiary would meet the statutory requirement.

7. Three-year Bachelor’s Degree + two-year Master’s Degree + one-year postgraduate diploma (India) – Generally, this would be the equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree + one year and would require five years' progressive experience to qualify under the 2nd preference category (EB-2). If the postgraduate diploma is determined to be progressive postgraduate education that is a continuation of the three-year Bachelor’s Degree or the two-year Master’s Degree, it is possible that this would be considered the equivalent to a U.S. Master’s Degree, and there would be no need to establish five years' progressive experience.

The petition must include documentation, such as an official academic record showing that the alien has a U.S. advanced degree or a foreign equivalent degree, or an official academic record showing that the alien has a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent degree and letters from current or former employers showing that the alien has at least five years of progressive post-baccalaureate experience in the specialty. The post-baccalaureate experience should reflect increasing or advancing levels of responsibility and knowledge in the specialty. The profession should be an occupation for which a baccalaureate degree or its foreign equivalent is the minimum requirement for the entry in the field.

Trying for EB-2

Authored on: Tue, 06/05/2012 - 04:41

Question

Job requirement says BS in engineering + 5 years of exp. No alternatives mentioned in PERM.
Educational qualifications: Diploma + AMIE + M.Tech
Experience: 7 Years exp. post M.tech from previous employer and 5 years from current employer. Does this can be classified under EB-2 for the above job requirement keeping AMIE degree in view? Would it be any issue during I140 regarding the education?

Answer


The AMIE is iffy. In fact I recall an AAO decision that said they will not recognize AMIE, but then a more recent decision was a bit more wishy-washy. Anyhow, I think an EB2 must be tried. The MTech will help.


Eligible for EB-2

Authored on: Thu, 04/19/2012 - 03:53

Question

I have a 4 year bachelor's degree from India and 7 years experience. My company has applied for GC in EB-3 and my I-140 is approved. My PD is Sep 2010.My company name is now changed and they are saying that the process has to be restarted from the perm but I can keep my same PD.I checked with the lawyers to see if I'm eligible for EB2 and they said no. My job description says bachelors' degree and 3 or 5 years of experience and hence the lawyers are saying no. Their argument is that the USCIS will deny the application indicating that the job could be done by a person with 3 yrs experience. Am I qualified for EB-2?

Answer

Note these points. First, a mere name change of the employer does NOT require that green card be started all over again. Second, if the sponsoring employer stops business operations, USCIS can take away your priority date. And, third, the job must REQUIRE 5 year’s exp.

Restart the green card under EB-2 category

Authored on: Tue, 12/20/2011 - 22:07

Question

My Labour is filed in EB-3 & my PD is Oct-2003. I got my EAD in 2007. I have a BE degree from India & a work experience of 13 years. 5 in India & 8 in USA. Am I eligible for porting to EB-2? If I file a fresh EB-2 what is the process? Is it just the Perm process & I- 140 or do I need to file I- 485 again.

Answer

People with over 5 years of exp. after a 4-year degree may be ale to restart the green card under EB-2 category and then port their PD. Basically, you are redoing the PERM and I-140 for an EB-2 level job.

Avoiding PERM through EB-2 category

Authored on: Wed, 09/28/2011 - 23:41

Question

If one applies through EB2 category can the PERM also be avoided then?

Answer

You can avoid the need for PERM through EB-2 only if you are applying for a National Interest Waiver.

EB2 Master's equivalency and employer

Authored on: Tue, 09/06/2011 - 04:05

Question

Regarding EB-2 application, which is more likely to be approved (or faster), the Master's equivalency (BS graduate to be evaluated in a university to be master's equivalent) OR the 5 years progressive experience? There's only one Occupational Therapist that I know personally who was approved and it was through the Master's equivalency (she didn't even have 5 years experience). Also, would it rely/depend on the employer's capability to support documents or does it also depend on how meticulous the lawyer is with the details to be submitted in the USCIS?

Answer

It all begins with the lawyers. So, make sure your counsel are meticulous and plan for every possible eventuality they can think of. The job HAS to be described truthfully.

EB-3 to EB-2 with the same employer

Authored on: Mon, 08/08/2011 - 06:32

Question

My PD is EB3 - Dec 2007. I have 3+2 years of education from India which is equivalent to US Bachelors. I have 3 years of experience before joining the current empoyer. Now I have more than 10 years of experience(including the experience with the current employer). I would like to know if I can apply again in EB-2 with the same employer using the experience gained from current employer.

Answer

You can, if the job offered is more than 50% different than the job you were performing so far with the same employer.

Am I eligible for EB-2 or is it too early for green card

Authored on: Mon, 07/18/2011 - 06:40

Question

I am with a major US university as professor for only 9 months (H1B). Physician+PhD, 16 years professional experience in Europe, 20 papers, 1 book. Am I eligible for EB2 or is it too early to apply for EB green card?

Answer

You are certainly eligible for EB2 and you must apply as soon as possible. Professorial jobs can reuse existing advertisements if they file PERM within 18 months of when the job was offered to them. You should also have your resume assessed for a simultaneous EB1 application.