EB3 Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the EB3 Visa

EB3 Visa

The EB3 visa allows someone to obtain a green card based on getting sponsored by a U.S. company. To obtain a green card, your company must go through the labor certificate PERM process.

 

In this guide, I will walk you through several important aspects of the EB3 visa process. I will also show you how you can utilize this visa to get a green card to live in the United States.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

 

Overview

 

1. What is the EB3 Visa?

 

2. What are the Benefits of the EB3 Visa?

 

3. What are the EB3 Visa Requirements?

 

4. What is the EB3 Visa Application Process?

 

5. What Documents are Needed to Apply for an EB3 Visa?

 

6. What Forms are Needed to Apply for an EB3 Visa?

 

7. What are the EB3 Visa Fees?

 

8. What is the EB3 visa Processing Time?

 

9. Conclusion

 

1. What is the EB3 Visa?

 

The EB3 visa grants permanent residency (a green card) to qualified individuals. You may be eligible for an EB3 visa if you a skilled workers, unskilled worker, or professional. Approximately 40,000 EB3 visas are available each year.

 

The EB3 visa is a third preference employment visa. Thus, the requirements are less strict than EB1 and EB2 green card visas. However, it may also mean that the wait times are longer. Presently, 28.6% of the employment green cards are allocated for EB3 visas. This accounts for about 40,000 EB3 visas granted each year. Additionally, no more than 7% of approved EB3 visas can go toward the same people from any given country. This means that if you are applying from a country with many applicants, the wait times may be longer. Nationals from India and China in particular should expect longer wait times.

 

While the fiscal year begins on October 1st, there is no advantage to applying at any time in the year. You can submit an EB3 visa application at any time. The EB3 visa, like most green cards, is valid for 10 years. You can renew the visa if needed at that point.

 

My team and I would be happy to answer any questions about the EB3 visa. We would also be happy to assist both petitioners and beneficiaries with the EB3 visa application process.

 

2. What are the Benefits of the EB3 Visa? 

 

There are many benefits to receiving an EB3 visa. Here are just a few:

 

You can have permanent residency in the United States (U.S. Green Card). 

 

The EB3 visa gives qualified individuals permanent resident status in the United States. There are many benefits to being a permanent resident. Some of these include having the ability to change employers and to travel more freely.

 

The requirements are less strict than those for many other permanent resident visas. 

 

The EB3 visa has less strict requirements than either the EB1 or the EB2 visas. This means that some people who may not qualify for these other visas may be eligible for the EB3 visa.

 

Your spouse and dependent children can come to the United States with you. 

 

Under the EB3 visa, your spouse and any dependent children can come with you. Dependent children are any unmarried children of yours under the age of 21. While in the United States, your children can attend school and your spouse, after completing their Employment Authorization Documents or obtaining their green card, can work.

 

3. What are the EB3 Visa Requirements? 

 

There are several requirements for the EB3 visa. The following conditions must be satisfied in order for you to be approved for an EB3 visa. My team and I would be happy to help you determine if you satisfy these requirements.

 

You must meet the employment criteria.

 

The EB3 visa is open to professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled workers. Professionals are those with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent who will be working in a job where a bachelor’s degree is the norm. You may not use experience or other education as a substitute for this degree. Skilled workers are those with at least 2 years of job training or experience. Unskilled workers are those performing jobs that require less than 2 years of training. Additionally, these jobs must be permanent in nature.

 

There must not be qualified American workers.

 

In order for your EB3 visa to be approved, you must not hurt any American workers. This means that you cannot take a job that an American worker could and would do. For this reason, you must have an approved labor certification to prove you meet this qualification. I will explain the labor certification process in more detail below.

 

There must be a valid job offer. 

 

A US employer willing to sponsor the beneficiary must have extended a valid job offer to the foreign national. The US employer must be able to prove there are no American workers who could and would do the job. This is shown through the labor certification. The US employer must have a valid employer-employee relationship with the beneficiary. This means that the employer must be able to pay and supervise the beneficiary.

 

4. What is the EB3 Visa Application Process?

 

The EB3 visa application process has several steps. They will be listed below. Following that, there will be a more detailed explanation of each step. My team and I would be happy to provide more information about any of the items below. We would also be happy to assist you with this process.

 

  • Labor certification

 

  • I-140 Petition

 

  • Form DS-261

 

  • Medical

 

  • Visa application

 

  • Visa interview

 

  • Arrival in the United States

 

Labor Certification 

 

The first step in the EB3 visa application process is done by the US employer. The US employer must get a labor certification from the Department of Labor after applying for a prevailing wage determination.

 

The Labor Certification is done to prove there are no US workers for the job. It also asserts that the employer will pay the beneficiary the prevailing wage (that was granted by the Dept. of Labor) for the position.

 

This is done by filing Form ETA-9089 with the Department of Labor. This form has information about the employer, the wages, the job duties, the beneficiary, and, if applicable, the attorney/agent.

 

You will also likely be required to demonstrate that you actively recruited for the job before hiring the beneficiary. This proves there are no qualified and willing American workers. There are several steps involved in the recruiting process. This includes submitting a job order with the State Workforce Agency (SWA). It also involves advertising in newspapers, professional journals, job fairs, campus fairs, professional organizations, websites, private employment firms, employment referral programs, radios, television stations, and/or other applicable locations.

 

You must have an approved labor certification from the Dept. of Labor before you can submit an I-140 petition with USCIS.

 

I-140 Petition 

 

Once the labor certification is approved, the US employer can submit a petition on behalf of the beneficiary. The petition will be filed with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is done by submitting Form I-140.

 

The petition contains information about the EB3 visa category, the petitioner, the beneficiary, and the job. The employer should also include financial information to demonstrate their ability to pay the beneficiary.

 

USCIS will make a decision on the petition. If your petition is not approved, the beneficiary will not receive an EB3 visa. If the petition is approved, a notice will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) if the beneficiary is abroad and not applying for an adjustment of status.

 

The NVC will determine the priority date for the visa. There is a limit on the number of visas that can be approved each year, which means there might be a waiting list. You will not be allowed to proceed with the visa application process until your priority date arrives. More information about this can be found in Section 8: What is the processing time for an EB3 visa?

 

If your petition is approved and your priority date is current, you will receive a notice. At this point, the beneficiary must complete several steps if he or she is abroad. T

 

Form DS-261 

 

Firstly, the beneficiary must complete Form DS-261. This is the Online Choice of Address and Agent. This is to be completed online. It provides information about the beneficiary and informs the US Embassy in his or her home country that he or she is applying for an EB3 visa. You will receive a confirmation notice once this has been processed. You must receive the confirmation notice before you can make a visa appointment at your local US Embassy.

 

Medical 

 

The beneficiary is also responsible for getting a medical examination. You must go through an approved NVC doctor. This ensures that you have all vaccinations and health records to ensure that you are safe to enter the United States.

 

Visa Application 

 

The beneficiary must also submit several documents to their US Embassy. This is done after you have received a confirmation notice regarding Form DS-261. You should submit your approved labor certification, your approved I-140 petition, and your approved DS-261. You should also submit your passport, medical records, job contract, academic records, resume, criminal records, and a photograph. Some individuals may be notified by NVC that other documents will also be required. More information about the necessary documents for an EB3 visa application will be discussed in Section 5: “What documents are needed for the EB3 visa application process?”

 

Once you submit these documents, you will need to schedule an appointment with your US embassy.

 

Visa Interview 

 

After submitting all other documents, you will be scheduled to have an interview with a US consular officer. During this interview, the documents you provided will be examined. Additionally, you may be asked questions about your background and the work you will be doing in the United States. The consular officer will use this information to determine if you should be approved for an EB3 visa.

 

Arrival in the United States 

 

If the consular officer approves your application, you will be granted an EB3 visa. This means that you can come to the United States as a green card resident. You will be able to work in the United States and have the responsibilities of a US permanent resident.

 

5. What Documents are Needed for the EB3 Visa Application Process?

 

There are many documents that may be needed during an EB3 visa application process. The following is a general list. The specific documentation needed depends on your individual situation. You may not need some of the documents below. Alternatively, you may also want to include documents not listed below. My team and I would be happy to help you determine which documents would be appropriate for you.

 

You should keep a record of all the documents you submit. You should keep all documents related to your application for up to 3 years. This is because you may need to submit them if you are subjected to an audit. Some audits are random, so anyone can be selected.

 

  • Written contract between the US employer and beneficiary

 

  • Valid passports for the beneficiary and any dependents

 

  • Photographs

 

  • Medical and vaccination records

 

  • Academic records

 

  • Previous work experience records

 

  • Criminal records

 

  • Acknowledgement of significant awards or honors

 

6. What Forms are Needed for the EB3 Visa Application Process?

 

Several forms are required throughout the EB3 visa application process. These will be discussed in more depth in this discussion. My team and I would be happy to provide more information about any of these forms. We would also be happy to help you in preparing any of these documents.

 

Form ETA-9089

 

Form ETA-9089 is the Application for Permanent Employment Certification. This form must be approved by the Department of Labor before you can file a petition for an EB3 visa. This form provides information about the employer, the job, and the beneficiary. This form ensures that no American workers are hurt by the hiring of the beneficiary. It also ensures that the beneficiary will be treated fairly in the United States. If this form is not approved, you may not continue with the EB3 visa application process. For more information about Form ETA-9089, click here.

 

Form I-140 

 

Form I-140 is the Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers. This form serves as your petition for your EB3 visa. USCIS will use the information provided in this form to determine if you meet the conditions for an EB3 visa. The form contains information about the petitioner, the beneficiary, and the job. For more information about Form I-140, click here.

 

Form DS-261 

 

Form DS-261 is the Online Choice of Address and Agent. This form is filed by the beneficiary. This form is used to inform your US Embassy that you want to begin the visa application process. You may not continue with the visa application process until you receive a confirmation notice about Form DS-261. For more information about Form DS-261, click here.

 

7. What are the EB3 Visa Fees? 

 

There are several fees associated with the EB3 visa application. The following fees are correct as of publishing. However, they are subject to change and you should confirm that the fees have not changed. You should also acknowledge which fees are paid by the US employer and which are paid by the beneficiary.

 

  • I-140 Petition filing fee: $700

 

  • DS-261 processing fee: $445

 

  • Other fees including medical examination, translations, photocopying, etc.: vary on a case by case basis

 

8. What is the EB3 Visa Processing Time? 

 

The EB3 total processing time depends on a variety of factors. These factors include which USCIS Center you use, what country you are from, and your individual application. This time period can be as short as around a year, but it can also take up to several years. In particular, nationals of India and China should expect longer wait times. If you want a better estimate on how long your particular case will take, my team and I would be able to provide that.

 

9. Conclusion 

 

The EB3 visa is a visa that grants permanent residency to qualified individuals. You should now have a much stronger understanding of the various aspects of the EB3 visa, including the EB3 visa benefits, requirements, and application process.

 

If you have any questions regarding the information discussed in this guide or about the EB3 visa in general, please feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I am very responsive via email and my team and I would be happy to help you.

 

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amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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