EB2 PERM Labor

The employment-based, second preference (EB2) immigrant visa category is reserved for members of professions holding advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability in the fields of arts, science or business. An advanced degree is defined by the USCIS as a professional or academic degree beyond that of bachelor’s. Exceptional ability, on the other hand, is defined as a degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered.


The beneficiary must have an offer of permanent employment from a U.S. sponsoring employer or petitioner and the petitioner should obtain a PERM Labor from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

  • The offered position must require an advanced degree in the profession for which the beneficiary is qualified, based on his/her academic degree or its equivalent.
  • To qualify under exceptional ability, proof that the beneficiary will benefit the national economic, cultural, and educational interests and welfare of the United States has to be submitted.

The advance degree requirement is satisfied if the beneficiary has at least a U.S. master’s degree or its equivalent.

How We Can Help You

  • The Murthy Law Firm provides assistance in making a determination on the appropriate category based on the requirements of the position offered, academic background, professional experience, and other factors.
  • Murthy Law Firm attorneys provide advice on the required documentation, and prepare and file all necessary paperwork in the relevant category.