If you or your employee or client is looking into education-based Green Card options, you are well aware of the puzzle EB2 presents.  This classification requires the candidate to hold an advanced degree of a US Masters Degree or higher or its foreign equivalent, or a US Bachelors degree or its foreign equivalent followed by at least five years of progressive work experience in the field of their sponsor job.  This gets complicated for candidates with education from outside of the United States, because the bachelor’s degree must be a SINGLE SOURCE.

For other visas, as well as for entrance to graduate programs in the US, candidates can combine education with work experience to meet equivalency requirements for a US Bachelors degree.  This is not the case for EB2. 

If you or your employee or client does not have the education or work experience to meet EB2 education requirements right off the bat, they may still qualify for this classification.  There are ways a credential evaluator with in-depth understanding of CIS precedents, federal case law, international education, and international trade agreements can write the evaluation needed to get the visa approved. However, this is NOT a judgment call you can make on your own.

Your best solution to the EB2 education puzzle is to ask for help.

Before you get too far on the petition, let us review the case.  Simply go to ccifree.com and submit the candidate’s educational documents and a current, accurate resume, along with the job and desired educational equivalency.  We will get back to you within 24 hours with a pre-evaluation and full analysis, and consult with you on your options.

Sheila Danzig

Sheila Danzig is the Executive Director of TheDegreePeople.com a Foreign Credentials Evaluation Agency.  For a no charge analysis of any difficult case, RFE, Denial, or NOID, please go to http://www.ccifree.com/ or call 800.771.4723.

posted Jun 2, 2017 in EB3, EB2 by Sheila Danzig (8,100 points) | 244 views


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