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I have a little over 5 years of work experience in my field and I have a Bachelors degree. Of the 5 years, 2 years of experience is from my current employer. Am I eligible to have my company file a PERM Labor Certification filing for me in the second preference (EB2) category?
The second preference employment based category (EB2) is for those foreign national workers who are working in a position that requires a masters degree or the equivalent as the minimum requirement. A combination of a bachelors degree and 5 years experience after the degree is considered by the Department of Labor to be the equivalent of a masters degree.
You probably do not have 5 years counting toward an EB-2 PERM Labor Certification. As a general rule, the 5 years must be from a different company. Since you did not have 5 years experience when you started in the position, you cannot claim that the position requires at least 5 years experience.
However, experience with the company can sometimes be counted when it can be shown that the experience gained has been in other positions which are not substantially similar to the position that is being offered in the PERM application or where it can be shown that it is no longer feasible for the company to train an employee for the position.
The PERM process is complicated, long, expensive and the slightest mistake can lead to a denial. It is highly recommended that companies hire an experienced immigration law attorney to handle their PERM applications.
* This information is for educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal information. A qualified immigration law attorney should be consulted before relying on this information. Immigration laws and regulations change frequently. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship.