Can I Get a US Green Card Through Work?

The United States green card is a highly sought-after document that allows the holder to live and work in the United States wherever they please. Permanent residents (green card holders) are not American citizens, although they can become citizens.

How to Obtain an US Green Card

There are many ways to obtain a United States green card, including through employment-based petitions. There are several different categories through these types of petitions, for all sorts of occupations.

Five Different Categories of Obtaining Permanent Residence Through Employment

There are five different categories of employment-based petitions to obtain permanent residency in the United States.

EB-1: Persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, business, education Can-I-Get-a-US-Green-Card-Through-Workor athletics, professors and researchers of outstanding ability, or executives and managers who are being transferred to the United States can apply under EB-1 or Priority Workers.

EB-2: People who have exceptional abilities in business, arts or the sciences, people who have advanced degrees and qualified doctors in certain medical fields and qualify for the EB-2, for Professionals with advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability.

EB-3: Skilled Workers, Professionals and Unskilled Workers can apply under EB-3, or the Skilled or Professional Workers category.

EB-4: Religious workers, United States government employees and persons who are serving as translators with the US Armed Forces can apply under the EB-4 or Special Immigrants Category.

EB-5: Investing In the United States in a manner that creates jobs can result in the applicant becoming a permanent resident of the United States.

Want to Become a Permanent US Resident?

Are you interested in becoming a permanent resident of the United States using an employment-based petition? We can help you! The categories each have their own strict requirements so if you are considering applying this way, contact us for assistance.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

  • Aileen B. Samarista

    I am a graduate of the 5-year course of physical therapy here in the Phlippines . I am not a licensed PT and is to take the Board exam yet. I wonder if I can apply for a WORK VISA in Canada, Australia or New Zealand. thanks for whatever info you can provide. I am interested for a green card thru a job.

    • owen

      Hello Aileen,

      Thanks for the question. You certainly may be eligible for a variety of immigration programs, but in order for us to make that determination we will first need some more information from you. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly.


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