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USCIS Expands Fast-Track Green Card Options for Skilled Workers



The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a change that could be a game-changer for skilled workers seeking permanent residency (green card) in the US.

This update applies to the Schedule A, Group II category, which expedites the green card process for certain professions facing worker shortages.


Revised Definition for Schedule A, Group II

Under the Biden administration’s focus on retaining talent in STEM fields, USCIS has redefined the “Schedule A, Group II” occupations.

These occupations, as identified by the Department of Labor (DOL), face shortages of qualified US workers, exempting them from certain requirements in permanent residency applications.

What’s Changed?

Previously, Schedule A, Group II mainly included occupations in traditional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The USCIS, aligning with the Department of Labor (DOL), has now broadened the definition of “sciences or arts” within this group.


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What Does This Mean for You?

This means that skilled workers in a wider range of fields can now potentially qualify for the faster green card process under Schedule A, Group II. As long as your profession:

  • Is commonly offered as a degree program in US colleges and universities (Bachelor’s or higher)
  • Requires and allows you to demonstrate exceptional ability
  • You have held a position requiring such ability for at least a year and plan to continue.

Streamlined Application Process

By waiving the labour market test requirement for certain employment-based permanent residency sponsorships in the EB-2 or EB-3 categories, the Schedule A designation facilitates a quicker and more efficient application process.

This change creates additional pathways for highly skilled employees striving for permanent residency in the United States.


Also Read: USCIS Extends Work Permit Validity to 540 Days

Benefits of Schedule A Designation

Schedule A waives the labour market test, a step in the green card process that verifies no qualified American workers are available for the position. This can significantly speed up your application and reduce costs.

Overall Impact

This update opens doors for highly skilled professionals beyond traditional STEM fields to gain permanent residency in the US more efficiently. It reflects the Biden administration’s focus on attracting and retaining top talent across various sectors.


Thinking about applying for a green card? Consult with an immigration attorney to see if you qualify under the revised Schedule A, Group II definition.

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