EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE

EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE (EB-2):PROFESSIONALS HOLDING ADVANCED DEGREES AND PERSONS OF EXCEPTIONAL ABILITY

a. Professionals holding an advanced degree

who have attained a U.S. academic or professional degree or a foreign equivalent degree above that of a baccalaureate, or a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent degree followed by at least five years progressive experience in the specialty.

b. Persons with exceptional ability

Persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business. Exceptional ability means having a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered in the sciences, arts, or business, as demonstrated by at least three of the following:
• An official academic record showing that the alien has 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 the alien has at least ten years of full-time experience in the occupation for which he or she is being sought;

• A license to practice the profession or certification for a particular profession or occupation;

• Evidence that the alien has commanded a salary, or other remuneration for services, which demonstrates exceptional ability;

• Evidence of membership in professional associations; or

• Evidence of recognition for achievements and significant contributions to the industry or field by peers, governmental entities, or professional or business organizations.