For those in the process of applying for a green card, the experience letter requirement can be a confusing aspect of the application. To help understand what should go into a green card experience letter, we’ve put together all of the information here for you, along with a template that you can use!
When applying for a green card, an experience letter by a previous employer is required in order to show your skills, abilities, and relevant experience.
The letter is submitted with the I-140 Immigration Petition for Alien Worker stage to help prove the years of experience and skills that you listed in your PERM application.
For example, if you listed in your PERM application that you had 3 years of experience working on computer software, the experience letter would verify that while employed by your previous employer, you did, in fact, work on computer software as part of your job responsibilities.
Although experience letters vary by employer, all experience letters will have the following parts.
As with any professional letter, the experience letter begins with an introduction by the employer. In this section, the employee writing the letter may introduce themselves and list their relationship with the visa applicant.
The experience letter must specify the position(s) you held while employed by that employer. If you held multiple positions while working at the company, the letter should list all of them or the most recent or highest ranking position.
In this part of the experience letter, the employer lists the responsibilities you held within your position. The more specific the better as in order to be approved, the letter must demonstrate that you have special work skills to bring to the United States.
Therefore, instead of simply writing that the applicant worked on computer software, the letter should list the specific programs and skills they utilized on that task.
Although not necessary, some employers will include their recommendation of the visa applicant.
To conclude the letter, employers should include their contact information and a signature with their position in the company listed underneath.
I am writing to you to verify that [APPLICANTS NAME] was employed by [COMPANY NAME] during the period from START DATE to FINISH DATE.
Listed below are a list of the duties and responsibilities [APPLICANTS NAME] performed while employed as a JOB TITLE during the previously stated period of time.
Position held: [JOB TITLE]
Duties and responsibilities: [LIST OF ALL WORK CARRIED OUT]
During their time with [COMPANY NAME], [APPLICANT’S NAME] was an exemplary employee who carried out their work to the highest professional standards. We have no doubt that [APPLICANTS NAME] will continue to make an excellent contribution as a [JOB TITLE] in any similar organization.
If you would like to discuss [APPLICANT’s NAME] employment at [COMPANY NAME] in future detail, please feel free to contact our office.
[COMPANY NAME AND ADDRESS]