The EB-4 Visa, also referred to as an Employment-Based Special Immigrant Visa (Fourth Preference) is a green card that available to immigrants to the United States who meet special criteria. Typically, the EB-4 Visa is reserved for those individuals who are members of a non-profit religious group within the United States; but, it can also comprise other special applicants, such as:
- Those who are members of the military
- NATO-6 employees
- Spouse and children of NATO-6 employees
- Translators from Iraq and Afghanistan
- Nationals of Afghanistan and Iraq who have offered Faith Service in support of United States Operations
- International Organization employees
- Panama Canal employees
Employers of applicants must file for a Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow or Widower, or Special Immigrant; but, applicants may petition for themselves in certain situations. Full EB-4 requirements can be found here.
Due to the broad range of eligible participants, the requirements to file for an EB-4 Visa vary; however, there are standard requirements that all applicants must meet, which include:
- An I-360 with the necessary documentation must be filed.
- The applicant must have an offer for a full-time, permanent job from a US-based employer.
- Job offers must be for positions within the applicant’s field.
Additionally, the applicant’s employer must be able to prove financial stability that will allow them to support a foreign worker.
EB-4 Visa Cost
The total costs for an EB-4 Visa vary and are based on the USCIS and US Embassy of the applicant’s country of origin.
Foreign applicants can expect to pay for the following:
- USCIS Form I-360 petition filing fee
- USCIS Form I-485 filing fee
The process of obtaining an EB-4 Green Card is more complex than other green card applications.
- The I-360 must be filed and approved. The USCIS may require an on-site inspection and issue a request for evidence before approval.
- Once the I-360 is approved, the applicant may need to undergo an interview at their country’s US embassy or consulate, if he or she is not already in the United States.
- If the applicant is already in the United States, he or she may need to file Forms I-485, I-131-, and I-675.
- Supporting documents for the applicant’s specific case must be submitted, including a valid passport, an offer from a US employer, the approved petition, DS-261 confirmation, medical and vaccination documents, photos that meet the US Visa requirements, certifications and diplomas.