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Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker is a form submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a prospective employer to petition an alien to work in the US on a permanent basis. In general, it happens when the worker is very skilled, or when no other such workers can be found in the United States.

Form I-140 is often required for EB categories EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3. For EB-4 and EB-5, Forms I-360 and I-526 are used, respectively.

Who Needs Form I-140?

Although this form is filled by employers but the form is needed by a worker who wants to work in the United States under a specific employer. Given that they will have to go abroad, the form is needed to help them obtain a worker visa, and travel to the U.S. to work.

Form I-140 Processing Time

It often takes around 4 months to process, in some special case it can take longer than that, more specifically 6 months.

Tips for filling I-140

Below are some tips to ensure Form I-140 accepted for processing:

– Use the most current edition of form

– follow instruction carefully in regard to which location to file your form I-140 petition

– Respond to all questions and provide all required information

– print or type information using black ink only

– Make sure the petitioners sign the form I-140

– Include the correct fee specified in the form instructions

-Submit form G-28


Whether you’re an employer in desperate need of employees or you just happened to find someone very skilled abroad, form I-140 may be necessary. It will potentially allow the worker to come to the U.S. and work for you. Read more information about I-485 application process.