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How do immigration preference categories work?

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I'm confused by how preference categories work. Is there any logic behind how the various categories are set up?


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Skills, experience, etc... limited number of visas per year.

Robert West


This is a question for Immigration 101 in school. You can find answers on


There is logic behind the categories. The Visa Bulletin lists each category and explains then briefly. If you have a specific questions such as "I have a bachelor's degree plus 5 years of industry experience, do I qualify for the Employment Based 2nd Preference category." you should post that more specific question which may be easier to answer. Be certain to include all relevant information.

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