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EB-3 Visas: For Skilled Workers And Professionals

EB-3 visa is a preference category for US employment-based permanent residency. This specific visa is for “skilled workers” or “professionals” who do not qualify for the EB-1 or EB-2 visas. EB-3 is less strict. However, this visa takes longer to acquire compared to the other two. An EB-3 visa requires a sponsoring employer and is not in the self-petition category.

EB-3 Visa: Answers To Common Questions

What is the age requirement for an EB-3 visa?

The age requirement is 18 years of age.

How long does it take to obtain an EB-3 visa?

For most countries the process takes around 2 years. However, the Philippines, China, India, and Mexico have different averages.

Can I bring my dependents into the US on an EB-3 visa?

Yes, you can bring your dependents with you.

How long do I need to work for the EB-3-related employer?

You need to work with your employer for one year.

How long does the EB-3 visa last for?

This visa lasts for as long as you meet the residency requirements and you do not violate the terms of the visa.

Which of the three categories am I supposed to be in?

  1. Professionals – This category typically demonstrates that a baccalaureate degree is the normal requirement for entry in this category. Education and experience are not interchangeable for a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Skilled Workers – For this category you must be able to demonstrate at least two years of job experience or training.
  3. Other Workers – You must be capable, (at the time when the petition is filed by the sponsoring employer) of performing unskilled labor. This means having two years of experience or training that is not of temporary or of seasonal nature, for which qualified workers are not available in the US . For this specific category only 10,000 visas are permitted a year.

Contact Fok Immigration Law With Any Additional Questions

If you have additional questions about employment visas, please contact Fok Immigration Law to schedule free initial telephone consultation. You may also call our San Jose office at 408-212-7014. We serve clients throughout California and the United States.