Professional (Immigration) Law and Legal Definition

A professional in the context of Immigration law, is a person who has a baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent) and who is a member of the professions. Unlike the H-1B nonimmigrant category, one cannot make up for a lack of education through experience. Members of the professions include, but are not limited to architects, engineers, lawyers, physicians, surgeons, and teachers in elementary or secondary schools, colleges, academies, or seminaries. Any occupations for which a U.S. baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent) is the minimum requirement for entry into the occupation are also included in this category.