EB-3 Visas: Permanent Residency for Skilled Workers

You may be eligible for this immigrant visa preference category if you are a skilled worker, professional, or other worker. Third preference petitions must generally be accompanied by an approved, individual labor certification from the Department of Labor on Form ETA-9089. In some cases, the petition may be submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) with an uncertified ETA-9089 for consideration as Schedule A, Group I.

See also: EB-1A Visa for Extraordinary Talent
See also: EB-1C Visa for Multinational Managers & Executives
Sub-categories Evidence Process
Skilled Workers You must be able to demonstrate that you possess at least 2 years of job experience, education, or training that meets the job requirements specified on the labor certification.
Relevant post-secondary education may be considered as training.
You must be performing work for which qualified workers are not available in the United States.
Your employer (petitioner) must file a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers.

As part of the application process, your employer must be able to demonstrate a continuing ability to pay the offered wage as of the priority date.

Your employer may use an annual report, federal income tax return, or audited financial statement to demonstrate a continuing ability to pay your wage.
Professionals You must demonstrate that you possess a U.S. baccalaureate or foreign equivalent degree, and that a baccalaureate degree is the normal requirement for entry into the occupation.
You must be performing work for which qualified workers are not available in the United States.
Education and experience may not be substituted for a baccalaureate degree.
You must meet any other requirements specified on the labor certification.
Unskilled Workers (Other Workers) You must demonstrate the ability to perform unskilled labor (requiring less than 2 years training or experience), that is not of a temporary or seasonal nature.
You must be performing work for which qualified workers are not available in the United States.
You must meet any other requirements specified on the labor certification.
Family of EB-3 Visa Holders

If your I-140 petition is approved, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to apply for admission to the United States in E34 (spouse of a “skilled worker” or “professional”) or EW4 (spouse of an “other worker”). and E35 (child of a “skilled worker” or “professional”) or EW5 (child of an “other worker”).

Stage D&A Fees Govt/Filing Fees
PERM $3,500
I-140 $2,000 $700
NVC and Consular Processing(or I-485, Adjustment of Status*) $2,500 Immigrant Visa fee
Medical Examination fees
($1,225 for Adjustment of Status*)
*Applies when the beneficiary is in the US on the valid non-immigrant visa at the time the priority date becomes current

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We make sure that all prospective clients know the associated immigration costs well ahead of time to begin the planning process. Typically, we provide a price range due to the complexity of certain cases and the time discrepancies. It is worth noting that fees for some cases may vary due to circumstances that may be unique for the client.

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