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Immigrating to the United States to Work on Schedule A Jobs


If you are a skilled worker and you want to immigrate to the United States, it makes sense to review Schedule A professions. Like many countries, the United States wants to attract workers that meet its specific needs. These needs usually revolve around labor shortages or target industries that the country wants to develop. But what exactly is “Schedule A,” and when can it help you immigrate to Palm Beach County?

What Is Schedule A Immigration? 

Schedule A is a list of occupations that the United States is attempting to target. If you match any of these professions, you may find it easier to relocate to the United States. Essentially, the USA wants you to immigrate and contribute to the economy.

Often, Schedule A professions represent “gaps” in the US economy. These are jobs that Americans struggle to fill. US officials have also determined that hiring people for Schedule A professions will not negatively affect American wages and job opportunities.

If you pursue a Schedule A designation as part of your immigration strategy, you will experience various benefits. First, you may experience an expedited immigration process from start to finish. US officials want you to start working in your target field as quickly as possible. Secondly, you will likely experience more job offers from US companies – as these roles are in high demand.

Schedule A vs. EB-1A

Both Schedule A and EB-1A visas involve “extraordinary ability” to some degree. The major difference is that EB-1A does not require employer sponsorship, whereas you need a permanent job offer to obtain a Schedule A green card.

Schedule A Is Constantly Being Updated 

To determine which specific professions are listed on Schedule A, it’s best to speak directly with an experienced immigration lawyer. While this list is constantly being updated, it generally contains two categories:

  • Group I: Physical therapists and professional nurses
  • Group II: Science or art experts

An example of an update came in April of 2024, when USCIS slightly adjusted the definition of the words “art” and “science.” Under this new definition, any skill or knowledge that falls under college/university courses qualifies.

New fields continue to rise in the United States, and a clear example is artificial intelligence (AI). In May of 2024, Google asked the Department of Labor to add roles related to AI to the Schedule A list. The tech giant argued that this expansion was necessary to address a labor shortage in the United States.

Work With a Palm Beach County Immigration Attorney 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Palm Beach County immigration lawyer, look no further than The Devore Law Group. We are well aware of how important Schedule A can be for skilled workers. With our help, you can review this list of occupations and determine the most effective way to relocate to the United States. Book a consultation to begin this important discussion today.


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