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I have been sponsoring an employee for an H1b for 3 years. He has a bachelor’s degree and he had 2 years of experience before he came to work for me. Since he now had a bachelor’s degree and 5 years experience, can I sponsor him for an eb2 petition? I have been told that his experience working for me does not count towards the 5 years, but intuitively it doesn’t make sense. That would mean that someone else can sponsor him for an eb2 but I can’t. Can you please explain this to me?
THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN:
It is not just an issue of him using his experience. It is a question of what is the actual minimum requirement to perform in the position. In order to sponsor him under the EB2 category, the position has to have a minimum requirement of a masters degree or the equivalent (generally a bachelors and 5 year of post degree experience) to be able to perform the duties of the position. Since your employee has been working in the position for the past 3 years without a master’s degree or the equivalent, then clearly the job can be done without a master’s degree or the equivalent.
Under certain circumstances you may be able to sponsor the employer for a different position, if a master’s degree is required to perform the duties of the new position. And yes, other employees may be able to sponsor this foreign national for an EB2 for this position, if they can show that a master’s degree is a requirement to perform the duties of the position at their company.
In the meantime, if you file the PERM application early enough, you should be able to continue extending his H-1B until he is eligible to apply for the green card under the EB3 category.
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