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Employment-Based Immigrant Visas

Gain Permission to Work in the United States with Guidance from New York Immigration Lawyers

Helping skilled and unskilled employees get work visas

Each year, about 140,000 foreign nationals are allowed into the United States on work visas. There are often many more applicants than available positions, and the process of applying can be long and confusing. At New York’s Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, our immigration attorneys know this process well and can help you get approved. To be considered, your prospective employer must complete a labor certification. If that clears, you can fill out the necessary paperwork and provide a passport, medical examination forms and other documents. Then, embassy or consulate officials will interview you.

Visas are available for many types of workers

The United States provides visas for a variety of workers, including high-ranking managers and unskilled laborers, ranked by priority. Workers are classified as follows:

  • First preference. These individuals have extraordinary abilities in the fields of science, art, education, business or athletics, or they may be professors or researchers with three or more years of teaching experience who are pursuing a tenure track position. This option is also open to managers or executives who have been working overseas for an affiliate or subsidiary of a U.S. company.
  • Second preference. Workers in this category include those with advanced degrees and at least five years of professional experience or those with exceptional abilities in science, art or business.
  • Third preference. This category includes skilled workers in jobs that require at least two years of experience or an undergraduate degree. Unskilled workers in positions requiring fewer than two years of training who are not temporary or seasonal also qualify.

Preparing you for the work visa application process

The lawyers at our firm are passionate about helping people get the work visas they need to remain in the United States. We gather the appropriate documentation and get you ready for your interview. We also can help your family apply for immigrant visas so they may accompany you to the country.

Contact an immigration law attorney in New York City today

Get started with your work visa application right away by calling Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP at 800-223-2814 or by contacting us online. Our New York City office is conveniently located in the Financial District, on Broadway between Barclay and Vesey.  We’re open five days a week. We also have an office in Peekskill, N.Y. that serves clients in the Westchester area.



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