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What is the EB-3 visa and how is it processed | nnda-nnlt | USES

Have you heard about the EB-3 visa? You should know that this category allows you to apply for permanent residence or Green Card, based on work. Learn about the eligibility criteria and how to complete the process.

Each fiscal year, approximately 140,000 immigrant visas are issued to foreigners (and their spouses and children) who intend to immigrate based on their employment skills. For this there are five categories: EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4 and EB5, explained USCIS.

People who qualify can live permanently in the United States. Below are the details of the EB3 category.


This is a work-based immigration visa, it is under employer sponsorship to start the immigration process. If the process is approved, you can work and live legally in the United States, along with your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age.

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This process can be started outside the United States or within the country, as long as the candidate has never lacked status, that is, never been illegal throughout his stay in the country.


Within the eligibility criteria, there are subcategories to apply for the EB-3 visa. You must meet these requirements:

  • Specialized workers: those whose work requires at least two years of training or work experience, not of a temporary or contingent nature.
  • Professionals: Those whose work requires at least a US bachelor’s degree or the foreign equivalent and a professional.
  • Other types of workers: intended for people who do non-specialized work that requires less than two years of training or experience, not temporary or temporary in nature.
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Note: For EB-3 visa subcategories, it is required that before the US employer can submit a petition to USCIS, you have an approved labor certification from the United States Department of Labor (DOL). its acronym in English).


Before starting the process you must have an approved individual labor certification issued by the Department of Labor with Form ETA-9089, as well as a job proposal.

  • Your employer (petitioner) must file a Form I-140, Petition for Alien Immigrant Worker. It has a value of 700 dollars.
  • The employer must be able to demonstrate a continued ability to pay you the salary offered from the priority date of your visa.
  • Your employer may use an annual report, federal tax return, or audited financial statement to demonstrate its continued ability to pay your wages.
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