Employment-Based(EB) immigrant visas
Employment-Based (EB) immigrant visa petition is initially evaluated, and allocated to individual who is a “principal” beneficiary of a petition only upon satisfaction of eligibility criteria of the USCIS, to work permanently for the petitioning employer in the United States. Immediate family members such as spouse, and unmarried minor children will be counted against the EB category. This method of counting dependents impact the total number of EB visas available for other qualified principal beneficiaries waiting for priority date to be “current” in that category. Self-petition options are available in only three (3) instances as an exception to the general rule of petitioning employer. They exceptions will be discussed in detail in EB-1A extraordinary ability self petition option, EB-2 national interest waiver option, and EB-5 investor visa petition option.There are a total of 140,000 EB immigrant visas per fiscal year are allocated. Fiscal year runs from October 1st of that year to September 30th of next year.