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Employment-Based Immigration: EB-3

EB-3 is a visa preference category for United States employment-based permanent residency. It is intended for "skilled workers", "professionals", and "other workers".

Eligibility

Several immigrant visa categories are based on employment. Your education, skills and work experience are some of the factors used to determine if you are eligible for a specific type of employment-based visa.

Skilled Workers

  • You must be able to demonstrate at least two years of job experience or training, not of a temporary or seasonal nature. 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; and

  • A labor certification and a permanent, full-time job offer are required.

Professionals

  • You must be able to demonstrate that you earned a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its foreign degree) related to the occupation, and that this degree is the normal requirement for entry into the occupation. Education and experience cannot be substituted for a bachelor’s degree;

  • You must be performing work for which qualified workers are not available in the United States; and

  • A labor certification and a permanent, full-time job offer are required.

Unskilled Workers (Other Workers)

  • You must be able to perform unskilled labor (requiring less than two years training or experience), that is not of a temporary or seasonal nature, for which qualified workers are not available in the United States; and

  • A labor certification and a permanent, full-time job offer are required.

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