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Green Card: EB-2 - Frequently Asked Questions


Are there any travel restrictions on EB-2 immigrant visa?

No, the Department of State does not impose any restrictions on the number of times you may travel in and out of the U.S.


What is the definition of ‘advanced degree’ for EB-2 Employment based immigrant visa?

‘Advanced degree’ means any U.S. academic or professional degree or a foreign equivalent degree above that of baccalaureate. A U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent degree followed by at least five years of progressive experience in the specialty shall be considered the equivalent of a master's degree. If a doctoral degree is customarily required by the specialty, you must possess a U.S. doctorate or a foreign equivalent degree.

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What is the definition of ‘exceptional ability’ for EB-2 Employment based immigrant visa?

‘Exceptional ability’ means a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, or business.


What evidence must I provide as EB-2 alien of ‘exceptional ability’ in the sciences, arts or business?

Your EB-2 petition for an alien of ‘exceptional ability’ in the sciences, arts, or business, must be accompanied by at least three of the following:

  • An official academic record showing that you have a degree, diploma, certificate, or similar award from a college, university, school, or other institution of learning relating to the area of exceptional ability
  • Evidence in the form of letter(s) from current or former employer(s) showing that you have at least ten years of full-time experience in the occupation for which you are being sought
  • A license to practice the profession or certification for a particular profession or occupation
  • Evidence that you have commanded a salary, or other remuneration for services, which demonstrate exceptional ability
  • Evidence of membership in professional associations
  • Evidence of recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, governmental entities, or professional or business organizations
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