There are two different types of visas for the United States: Immigrant Visas and Non-Immigrant Visas. Immigrant visas are for those wishing to permanently immigrate to the United States. Non-immigrant visas are for those who wish to study, work temporarily, invest in a business or simply travel to the United States for pleasure. Family Based Visas View More EB-1 Visa View More EB-2 Visa View More EB-3 View More EB-5 View More PERM View More Family Based Visas Family-based visas are a type of visa for which immediate family relatives of US citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders) can apply. Immediate family members include spouses, parents, and children under 21. Other relatives such as unmarried children of U.S. citizens who are 21 years old or siblings of U.S. citizens are subject to the limits of visas available for this category. EB-1 You can apply for an employment-based, first-preference visa (EB-1) if you are an individual with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, which has been demonstrated by sustained national or international acclaim and whose achievements have been recognized in the field. You can also apply for this visa if you are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a certain multinational executive or manager. EB-2 An employment-based, second preference visa (EB-1) is a type of visa that members of a certain profession holding an advanced degree or its equivalent, or a person with exceptional ability can apply for. A PERM labor certificate is required when applying for EB-2 unless you are eligible for an NIW (National Interest Waiver). For people applying for the EB-2 visa, qualifying under the NIW can be a way to bypass the job offer requirement, as well as waive the PERM requirement. EB-3 You can apply for an employment-based, third-preference visa if you are a skilled worker, professional, or any other worker “Skilled Workers” being defined as people with a minimum of 2 years of training, experience, or job education, “Professionals” being referred to as individuals with a baccalaureate degree or foreign equivalent, and “Other Workers” described as someone with less than two years of training or experience. EB-5 The EB-5 visa is an employment-based fifth preference visa that investors (and their spouses and unmarried children under 21) are eligible to apply for as long as they make the required investment in a commercial enterprise in the U.S. and through their entrepreneurship create 10 full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. PERM A non-immigrant employee can become a lawful permanent resident through the labor certification (PERM) process, through which an employer can petition for the employee. This process requires the approval of a labor certification from the Department of labor, before the immigrant visa petition can be filed.