EB-4 Fourth Preference visas are available to foreign nationals who qualify as “special immigrants.” According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, special immigrants include:


  • People who work for the U.S. government abroad;
  • Certain doctors;
  • Religious ministers;
  • Certain juveniles;
  • NATO-6 or G-4 International Organization employees and their families;
  • Broadcasters;
  • Members of the armed forces;
  • Employees in the Panama Canal Zone;
  • Iraqi and Afghan translators; and
  • Iraqi and Afghan nationals who provided faith service to support U.S. operations.

If you have questions about obtaining an EB-4 visa, contact The O’Brien Law Group. Rusty O’Brien is an employment visa attorney in Louisville who will answer your questions and provide legal guidance.

Mr. O’Brien will help you gather the necessary documentation to prove that you or your sponsored foreign national is eligible for the EB-4 visa. He will also help you avoid mistakes that would delay your application or lead to a denial. Call 502-400-7890 today to schedule a consultation.

How to Petition for an EB-4 Fourth Preference Visa

In order to petition for an EB-4 Fourth Preference visa, the employer must submit a Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (Form I-360). If you are the foreign national employee, then it may be possible for you to petition on your own behalf. An employment visa attorney can evaluate your situation to determine if you can self-petition.

Depending on the immigrant category that relates to the foreign national, there may be other requirements during the petitioning process. For example, if the foreign national is a broadcaster, then the petition must be submitted by the International Broadcasting Bureau of the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), or a BBG grantee. The petition must be accompanied by a supplemental attestation that includes the following information about the alien:

  • Job title and detailed description of the position; and
  • Information about the alien’s broadcasting expertise such as how long he or she has been performing duties related to the prospective position and a why he or she is qualified for the position with the BBG or BBG grantee.

Can the Spouse and Children of a Foreign National with an EB-4 Visa Enter the Country?

Depending on the EB-4 classification, the spouse and children of the foreign national may be able to enter the United States. Children must be younger than 21 and unmarried to be admitted to the country.

If you would like to petition for an EB-4 visa on behalf of a foreign national, or if you would like to self-petition, contact The O’Brien Law Group. Rusty O’Brien is an immigration lawyer in Louisville who will help you gather evidence to prove eligibility, file your petition and avoid mistakes that would delay your application.

Mr. O’Brien has been helping individuals and families navigate U.S. immigration laws for more than 10 years. He has the knowledge, experience and resources to represent your interests. Schedule a consultation today by calling 502-400-7890.

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