What You Should Know About the EB3 Visa   

Experts and workers seeking permanent residency in the US may apply for an EB3 visa, often called a third-priority visa. The United States offers a variety of employment-based immigration visas, including EB-1, EB-3, EB-4, and EB-5. An advanced degree, exceptional aptitude, and/or investment conditions are some of the additional requirements that candidates must meet to be eligible for these visas. The bulk of people who seek EB-3 visas do not meet the qualifications for EB-2 or EB-1 visas, which call for advanced degrees or extraordinary talent.  

The EB-3 visa allows its holder to enter and exit the US, as well as to work and reside permanently in the US. Those who receive approval will receive both a green card and a visa on their passports. 

Who is Eligible for an EB-3 Visa?  

  • Skilled Worker: You must demonstrate that you have worked for at least two years or that you have completed appropriate training (some kinds of higher education may qualify as training). Your job must be one that no one in the United States is competent to do. You must have a full-time, permanent job offer and labor certification.  
  • Professional: You must be able to establish that you hold a bachelor’s degree from the United States of America or a degree equivalent in the appropriate field. You must undertake projects that qualified personnel in the United States are not completing. The fact that you have a degree and work experience but not a bachelor’s degree does not improve your credentials. Applicants must have a labor certification and a permanent, full-time work offer.  
  • Unskilled Worker: To be considered for this role, you must be capable of doing unskilled work that is neither seasonal nor transitory, for which qualified American candidates are in short supply. A permanent, full-time job offer and a valid labor certification are requirements for this position.  

EB-3 Visa Processing Time  

Some Form I-140 petitions have a processing and approval period of a few months, but the entire procedure for an EB-3 visa may take much longer when you factor in additional steps like obtaining legal resident status after the immigrant petition’s approval. This implies that a year or more might easily pass between the start and finish of the treatment. The USCIS website displays the current processing times for various immigration forms and applications.  

The time required to obtain an EB-3 visa may vary significantly from case to case. For example, the underlying worker subcategory of the I-140 petition, the petitioner’s or worker’s location, and the present demand and capacity of USCIS and other government agencies all have an impact on how long it takes to process an application.  

What Are the Benefits of the EB3 Visa?  

There are several advantages to getting an EB3 visa.  

  • The United States may grant permanent residency to those who meet the EB3 visa criteria. There are several benefits to being a permanent resident. Having the ability to change jobs and the flexibility to travel are two examples of these qualities.  
  • The conditions for the EB3 visa are less strict than those for the EB1 or EB2. This suggests that some people may be eligible for the EB3 visa while not meeting the standards for the other visas.  
  • You can bring your dependent children and spouse with you on an EB3 visa. We consider all your unmarried children under the age of 21 as dependents. While you’re here, your kids can attend public schools, and your spouse can get a job after they have their green card or fill out the necessary paperwork for employment authorization.  

How Long Can Someone Stay on This Visa?  

An EB-3 visa has a 10-year initial validity period, although it is renewable, and workers may be eligible to petition for citizenship after that. Workers who meet all visa requirements may seek permanent residence in the United States.  

After My EB-3 Petition Is Approved, When Can I Get My Green Card? 

Once your I-140 is approved, the next steps are to either file for a permanent resident status change (DS-260) or an immigrant visa to another country (I-485). The second part of your green card application may still require you to wait a certain amount of time, even after your EB-3 case is approved. According to the visa bulletin, this is dependent on the day your priority date becomes current for individuals representing your nation. When you apply for a green card, immigration lawyers can help you choose the best time to do it. A lawful permanent resident status in the US might be yours when you’ve fulfilled all requirements and received an approved I-485 or DS-260.