To get the EB-4 visa, the applicant must be the receiver of an approved Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, Form I-360, with the exclusion of Certain Employees or Former Employees of the U.S. Government Overseas. Labor certification is not important for any of the Certain Special Immigrants subgroups. Special Migrants would take 7.1 percent of the annual global limit of employment-based immigrant visas.

You can apply for the EB-4 visa program, if you are:

  • Broadcasters in the U.S.: Individuals who are employed by the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Ministers of Religion
  • Certain Workers or Former Workers of the U.S. Government Overseas
  • Specific Former Workers of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government
  • Specific Former Workers of the U.S. Government in the Panama Canal Zone
  • Specific Former Workers of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government on April 1st, 1979
  • Iraqi and Afghan interpreters/translators
  • Iraqi and Afghan nationals who have provided realistic and appreciated services
  • Specific Foreign Medical Graduates
  • Specific Retired International Organization Workers
  • Specific Unmarried Sons and Daughters of International Organization Workers
  • Specific Surviving Spouses
  • Special Immigrant Juveniles
  • Persons Recruited Outside of the United States Who Have worked or are registered to Serve in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • specific retired NATO-6 civilians
  • Specific Unmarried Sons and Daughters of NATO-6 civilians
  • Specific Surviving Spouses of deceased NATO-6 civilian employees
  • Persons who are beneficiaries of petitions or labor certification applications filed prior to September 11th, 2001
  • Specific Religious Workers
Source: U.S. Department of State

You may be considered eligible as a special immigrant if you are a:

  • Specific Religious worker;
  • Panama Canal Company Employee, Canal Zone Government Employee, or U.S. Government in the Canal Zone Employee;
  • Physician;
  • G-4 International Organization Employee or Family Member or NATO-6 employee or family member;
  • Broadcaster;
  • Afghanistan or Iraq national who worked with the U.S. armed forces as a translator;
  • Iraq national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq; or
  • Afghanistan national who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government or the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan;

Other classifications not listed above may be eligible to use Form I-360. Please check the form for updates.

For more information please visit the Employment-Based Immigration: Fourth Preference – EB-4 page.

Source: U.S. Department of State

How to File An Application For EB-4 Visa?

After You File

Once USCIS receives your Form I-360, they will process your petition and then you will receive a:

  • Receipt of confirmation that they received your petition;
  • Biometric services notice, if applicable;
  • Notice to attend interview
  • Notice of decision.
Source: U.S. Department of State

Basic documents may include:

  • Passport(s) valid for at least six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States,
  • Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application.
  • Preview a sample DS-260 (6.4MB).
  • Two (2) 2×2 photographs. Read the required photo format explained in Photograph Requirements.
  • Civil Documents for the applicant.  The consular officer in the US embassy may ask for more information at the time of visa interview. Bring your genuine civil documents that includes ID documents, birth and marriage certificates, as well as legible photocopies of the genuine civil documents, and any required translations to your immigrant visa interview. Original documents and translations can then be given back to you.
  • Financial Support – At your immigrant visa interview, you must show documents to the consular officer that you are not likely to become a public charge in the United States.
  • Completed Medical Examination Forms – These are issued by the panel physician when you have successfully completed your medical and vaccination.
Source: U.S. Department of State

The EB-4 visa application fee is $435.

Source: U.S. Department of State

EB-4 Visa Premium Processing

While premium processing, the extra feature that would allow petitioners to fasten the usual processing time for their petitions to 15 calendar days. This can be extremely helpful for some petitioners, it is unluckily not available to EB-4 applicants. This is mainly for the fact that premium processing is only available to visas that make usage of either the I-129 or the I-140 petition application forms.

Source: U.S. Department of State