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Old Mar 5th 2010, 12:30 am   #1
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I left Uni before completing my degree - in the UK it hasn't held me back in my career in any way, however now I am over here in the US on an L1A visa I will at some point soon need to think about a green card. Is there a requirement for a green card applicant to have a degree?
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I left Uni before completing my degree - in the UK it hasn't held me back in my career in any way, however now I am over here in the US on an L1A visa I will at some point soon need to think about a green card. Is there a requirement for a green card applicant to have a degree?
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I left Uni before completing my degree - in the UK it hasn't held me back in my career in any way, however now I am over here in the US on an L1A visa I will at some point soon need to think about a green card. Is there a requirement for a green card applicant to have a degree?
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To give you more than a no answer.

Depending on category, experience can be counted rather than the qualification (I can't remember the formula).

In simple terms,

EB3 requires a Bachelors degree.

EB2 requires a Masters or Bachelors + 5 years experience.

EB1A & EB1B usually have PhD although not a formal requirement.

EB1C has no formal requirement. It is the place in the organization and duties that count.

The natural progression from L1A is to EB1C.

It's a bit of a simple explanation, but I hope it helps.
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That's excellent, many thanks for the replies.
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EB3 requires a Bachelors degree.
EB2 requires a Masters or Bachelors + 5 years experience.
You left out three words. Regarding EB-3, you omitted the words "does not" before "require." On EB-2, you left out the word "progressive" between "years" and "experience." Advice is given nor intended.
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my husband was an L1A. He has an HND but no degree. He has a lot of work experience though. he had no issue getting his visa in 2007 or his Greencard earlier last year.
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I left Uni before completing my degree - in the UK it hasn't held me back in my career in any way, however now I am over here in the US on an L1A visa I will at some point soon need to think about a green card. Is there a requirement for a green card applicant to have a degree?
What hasn't been pointed out yet, is that the easy way to do it is to marry a USC (but not for the sole reason of gaining a green card).
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mselui what is a HND but no degree.???

just wondered is all!

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mselui what is a HND but no degree.???

just wondered is all!

thanks!
HND is a Higher National Diploma. In the UK it is considered equivalent to the beginning of a degree course, but is not equivalent to a full degree. I guess the equivalent in the US would be an Associate's Degree.
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Hey Nettlebed

thanks for the heads up!!!


not sure if its the same but i have AN NVQ (national Vocation Qualification) Level 2 in retail. probably not..lol
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not sure if its the same but i have AN NVQ (national Vocation Qualification) Level 2 in retail. probably not..lol
Not, I'm afraid: an NVQ is a work-based qualification, not an educational certificate.
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You left out three words. Regarding EB-3, you omitted the words "does not" before "require." On EB-2, you left out the word "progressive" between "years" and "experience." Advice is given nor intended.
Absolutely agree Mr. F.

Thanks for the comments. I agree that the "progressive" experience is an important addition. My bad.

It was, as stated, a very simplified explanation, sufficient, I think, for the OPs initial question. It probably reasonably accurately reflects what would "more often than not" be needed to get a PERM approved at this time.

I agree it could have been phrased better.

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A not mising. Possibly also a comma and a full stop.

What are the legal ramifications?

Enquiring minds would like to know.
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A not mising. Possibly also a comma and a full stop.

What are the legal ramifications?

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