I am currently in my 4th year working in the US on a H1B visa. I have started a masters program as I have been told that having a masters is the only way to obtain a greencard in the future through work sponsors.
You should only consider advice from an immigration attorney when making decisions in hopes of a future green card. There are some paths that would required advanced education, but that is not always the case. You need to discuss your skills and qualifications, as well as desired timeframe for legal permanent residency, in a private consultation.
Of course, generally speaking, the higher your degree, the better (and faster) your chances to obtain employment based permanent US residence ("green card"). But not always necessarily so. It is the "minimum requirements" of the actual job offer which define whether a master's degree is necessary or if a bachelor's will suffice. Your employer cannot require a Master's degree for the job if that is not the industry norm for the job position offered and if such requirement will not be deemed as being 'normal' for the occupation. if the employer will persist, he will then need to prove the Master's degree requirement by successfully demonstrating "business necessity" to the US Dept. of Labor. Also, kindly note that you must have obtained that Master's degree prior to joining that employer's employ. Cannot use it to qualify for the job offered otherwise.
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A master's degree is not the only way to obtain a green card - it may be faster. Ultimately, the process is determined by what the minimum requirements for the job are. You and your employer need to sit down with an immigration attorney to gain a better understanding of the process.
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