Employment-Based Immigration

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people immigrate legally to the United States.  They come from every country and from diverse ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds.  The United States was built by immigrants, and Americans are generally proud of that heritage.

The decision to immigrate to the United States is a complex one that goes beyond questions of visa eligibility.  Unlike the situation that faced previous generations of immigrants, modern transportation and communications allow immigrants today to maintain substantial ties to their countries of origin.  But immigration still requires commitment to a new life in the United States and all the lifestyle changes that entails.  Research and advance planning are essential.  The US Citizenship and Immigration Services publication “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” is available in several languages and provides helpful advice which prospective immigrants may wish to review.

Every fiscal year (October 1st – September 30th), approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants under the provisions of U.S. immigration law. Employment based immigrant visas are divided into five preference categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based immigrants. To learn more, visit the Travel.State.gov webpage here.

Fraud Warning:  Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to complete lottery entry forms or otherwise assist with the entry process.  Be advised that there is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.  There have also been cases where individuals have been fraudulently informed, usually by e-mail, that they have “won” the lottery, and payment has been solicited to start the application process.  Be advised that the Department of State notifies successful Diversity Visa applicants by letter, NOT by email, and applicants will be asked to pay fees only at the Embassy on the day of their interview.  To learn more, see the Department of State Warning and the Federal Trade Commission Warning.  Please contact us at kliv@state.gov if you believe you are the victim of a scam involving the visa lottery program.