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There are several ways for foreign workers to enter the U.S. on a temporary or a permanent basis. This article provides an overview of the five preference categories of employment-based permanent residence petitions or “EB” immigrant visas, which allow foreign nationals to work and to live lawfully and permanently in the U.S. indefinitely. Employment based immigration is subject to a per-country limit and, overall, favors applicants with more sophisticated training, experience and skills.

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