Employment based immigration is an area of immigration in which either temporary or permanent immigration benefits are sought based on a person's professional qualifications. Usually immigration is also based on an offer of employment in a professional or other skilled job. This area of immigration is based on the key principle that skilled and educated immigrants are crucial to the well-being of the U.S. economy.


There are a variety of categories of employment-based immigration, and a variety of quotas for these workers. In general this is a complex and multi-step process for seeking benefits and often involves collaborations between sponsoring employers and beneficiary employees in the immigration process. The rewards for employers, workers and the U.S. economy are numerous, as employment-based immigration allows the U.S. economy and workforce to benefit from the talent and contributions of hard-working immigrants.