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F-1 Student Visas
H -1B Visas
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Labor Certification - List of Skilled Labor Positions
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LIFE Act Amendments - Extension of Section 245(i)
NACARA for Salvadorans and Guatemalans
National Interest Waivers
Naturalization Test Questions and Answers (2008)
Outstanding Professors and Researchers
Removal (Deportation) Procedures and the U.S. Immigration Court
Request for Additional Evidence (I-797E)
Returning Residents
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245(i)
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EMPLOYMENT BASED IMMIGRATION

Skilled & Possibly Skilled Positions

An employer who is interested in “sponsoring” an immigrant worker based upon a job offer needs to understand the legal difference between “skilled” and “unskilled” job positions. Under the law, a position will be classified as “skilled” only if the employer normally requires at least 2 years of training or experience as a condition to hiring an employee for that position (ie. the employer would only hire applicants who have at least 2 years of training or experience). “Unskilled” positions, however, are those positions that require less than 2 years of training or experience. This distinction is very important because workers who fill “unskilled” positions will not be eligible to get their green card or legally work for 5 to 10 years (based upon the present immigrant quota backlogs). On the other hand, there is presently NO BACKLOG in the “skilled” category, and thus immigrant visas are available to qualified applicants.

In an effort to facilitate the speedy processing of employment based sponsorship cases for our clients, we have prepared a list (below) of Job Positions which are classified as “skilled” or “possibly skilled” under the law. The positions in bold italics may require up to 2 years experience, but not more. They may be regarded as skilled positions, depending on the employer's actual requirements. The un-italicized positions require at least two years experience, are already considered “skilled” positions.

Acupressurist
Acupuncturist
Administrative Assistant
Apartment Manager
Assembler & Tester, Electronics
Auto-Body Repairer
Automobile Mechanic
Baker (Head)
Barber
Bookkeeper
Butler
Cabinetmaker
Carpenter
Carpet Layer
Caseworker
Chef
Cook (hotel & rest.)
Cook, Specialty, Foreign Food
Cook
Computer Applications Engineer
Computer Operator (clerical)
Copy Writer
Correspondence Clerk
Cosmetologist
Counselor
Dental Hygienist
Drafter, architectural
Economist
Electrical Appliance Repairer
Engineering Analyst
Engraver
Financial Analyst
Floral Designer
Food Technologist
Foreign Clerk

Furniture Designer
Glass Blower
Gem Cutter
Graphic Designer
Hair Stylist
Head Waiter/Head Waitress
Home Health Technician
Horse Trainer
Host/Hostess (hotel & rest.)
Household Manager
Illustrator
Import-Export Agent
Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Interpreter
Jeweler
Kitchen Supervisor (hot. & rest.)
Landscaper, Gardener
Locksmith
Luggage Repairer
Machinist
Machine Operator
Machine Setter
Make-up Artist
Manager, Office
Manager, Retail Store
Manufacturers Rep., Whole Tr.
Mason
Meat Cutter
Medical Secretary
Medical Technologist
Medical Assistant
Merchandise Displayer
Nurse, License Practical
Optician (dispensing)
Package Designer
Painter (construction)
Paralegal
Physician Assistant

Plumber
Plasterer
Programmer, Business
Purchasing Agent
Radiologic Technologist
Recreational or Respiratory Therapist
Reporter
Roofer
Sales Rep., Data-Processing Service
Sales Agent, Financial Services
Scientific Helper
Secretary (not Administrative)
Sewing-Machine Repairer
Shoe Repairer Supervisor
Shorthand Reporter
Sign Painter
Social Services Aide
Software Technician
Steward / Stewardess (hotel & rest.)
Supervisor (any occupations)
Systems Analyst
Tailor, Alteration
Tailor, Custom
Teacher’s Aide
Teacher, Resource (education)
Tester (high tech.)
Tester (more advanced ind.)
Tile Setter
Tool & Die Maker
Training Representative
Translator
Tutor
Upholsterer
Watch Repairer
Welder
Welder Machine Operator
Wine Steward/Stewardess