Form I-140

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I-140 is a form used in the United States by employers to petition for immigrant workers to obtain employment-based permanent residency, commonly known as a “green card.” The I-140 is filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is part of the process for obtaining permanent residency for foreign workers with extraordinary ability, outstanding professors or researchers, multinational executives or managers, and workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability in their field.

The I-140 petition requires the employer to provide evidence that the foreign worker meets the eligibility criteria for the specific employment-based category being sought. This may include documentation of the worker’s qualifications, education, work experience, and evidence of the job offer and the employer’s ability to pay the offered wage.

Once the I-140 petition is approved by USCIS, it does not automatically grant permanent residency to the foreign worker. The worker may need to wait for a visa to become available, depending on the priority date and visa availability in their specific employment-based category. If the foreign worker is in the United States in a nonimmigrant status, they may also need to file an adjustment of status application to become a lawful permanent resident.

It’s important to note that the I-140 process can be complex, and it’s recommended to seek guidance from an experienced immigration attorney or qualified professional to ensure that all requirements are met and the petition is properly filed.

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