A worker who obtains a U.S. green card could enjoy the many economic benefits of living and working in the United States, but there could be other, more important reasons for someone to want to live in this country such as family or safety from political problems in his or her home country. Regardless of the reason why you want to obtain a green card, you may want to consider one that’s based on your employment.

Here are five types of employment-based green cards. Does one of the following apply to your situation?

First preference EB-1 visa: This type of work visa is reserved for people who have special abilities and/or distinguished accomplishments, such as high-level academics, researchers, professors, athletes, award-winning artists and authors and more.

Second preference EB-2 visa: This type of work visa is reserved for people who have an advanced degree or a special talent. If someone in this category also has a pending job offer in the United States, it can help with their application process.

Third preference EB-3 visa: This visa is reserved for those who have a minimum of two years of work experience in a given vocation and professionals who can show that they have a degree from an accredited scholarly institution.

Fourth preference EB-4 visa: This visa is for people with special circumstances, such as military members, translators, NATO-6 workers, religious personnel and people who work for global organizations.

Fifth preference EB-5 visa: This last preference is for wealthy investors who will invest anywhere from $500,000 to $1,000,000 in a job-creating venture in the United States.

Do you want to explore your eligibility for one of the above employment-based visas? Learn more about United States employment-based immigration now.