Foreigners in California holding an EB-4 (employment-based, preference 4) visa belong to one of the following ten categories:
- religious workers,
- military members,
- International organization employees,
- Iraqi/Afghan translators,
- retired NATO-6 employees,
- Panama Canal Zone employees,
- Iraqis who have provided assistance to the U.S.,or
- spouses and children of deceased NATO-6 employees.
EB-4 visas cost around $640. They take a few months to more than a year to obtain depending on the non-citizen's profession. And foreigners granted EB-4 visas are automatically given legal permanent residence (a green card).
Below our Los Angeles immigration lawyers discuss employment-based, preference 4 visas in California, including application procedures, fees, and time frames. Click on a question to jump to the answer.
- 1. Am I eligible for an EB-4 visa in Los Angeles, CA?
- 2. What is the application process for an EB-4 visa in Los Angeles, CA?
- 3. What proof do I need to get an EB-4 visa?
- 4. What is the price for an EB-4 visa?
- 5. How soon can I get an EB-4 visa?
- 6. Can my family come with me to California on an EB-4 visa?
Foreigners may be eligible for a EB-4 ("special immigrant") visa if they are either:
- a religious worker;
- a broadcaster (this comprises reporters, editors, writers, translators, editors, announcers, or producers);
- an Iraqi/Afghan interpreter;
- an Iraqi who has given assistance to the U.S.;
- an employee of an international organization;
- a doctor;
- a member of the Armed Forces;
- an employee of the Panama Canal Zone;
- a retired employee of NATO-6; and
- the spouse or child of a deceased NATO-6 employee.
In order to obtain an EB-4 visa, the U.S. employer has to file a Form I-360 with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). (In some cases, the foreigner may self-petition.)
Getting an EB-4 visa is an automatic grant of legal permanent residence. Eventually, EB-4 visa holders may be able to become a U.S. citizen.
Some evidence an EB-4 applicant may need to produce includes degrees, tax returns, letters of employment, and/or media articles.
Broadcasters have special requirements. Their EB-4 visa applications should include:
- an attestation containing the broadcaster's job title,
- a complete description of the prospective U.S. job, and
- the broadcaster's skills as they relate to the prospective job.
It costs $640 total for an EB-4 visa. Filing the I-360 form carries a $435 fee, and the employment visa processing fee is $205.
The time frame for getting an EB-4 visa ranges from a few months to a few years.
It varies case to case. Some EB-4 visa-holders may be able to bring their spouse and unmarried child(ren) under 21 with them to the U.S.
Call a California immigration attorney...
If you are looking to immigrate to California on an EB-4 visa, call our Los Angeles immigration attorneys at (855) LAWFIRM for a free consultation.
Go to our California visa main page.
Also learn about our Nevada EB-4 visa lawyers.