For green card what does progressive work experience means?
does it have to be after completion of Bachelors or can be while studying bachelors?
can i include my work experience that i encumbered prior to my graduation of bachelors?
Depends on the position you are applying for.
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Progressive experience is a term of art in immigration and used in a variety of scenarios. The main scenario is where an employer is filing a PERM for an individual who holds a Master’s degree plus 3 years’ experience OR a Bachelor’s degree plus five years progressively more responsible experience. The letters evidencing the experience for the individual holding the Bachelor’s degree must show that the person’s experience has been progressively more responsible. This can be demonstrated through letters either during his or her employment at a single company, or at successive employers.
Although ‘progressive’ experience has not been clearly defined by the government, you will want to provide experience letters showing that you have ‘progressed’ in your experience, gaining more responsibility, performing higher level and more complex duties, supervising others, etc. Keep in mind that you typically want to be able to show that each position you held had duties that were at least 50% different from the prior lower level position.
Progressive experience is also used in instances where the foreign national is trying to obtain a credentials evaluation for a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. In that situation, the foreign national does not have the credit hours or coursework that would be equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree so the applicant must demonstrate that he has progressive experience so that, under the ‘3 for 1’ rule, every 3 years of specialized training and/or work experience can be deemed the equivalent of 1 year of college-level credit/training that the applicant/beneficiary lacks.
You may include work experience prior to your Bachelor's degree so long as it is relevant to the duties required for your position under the PERM application.
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