Guide to the EB3 Visa: Pathway to a U.S. Green Card

Reviewing the EB3 Visa in Detail

Reviewing the EB3 Visa in Detail

For many foreign citizens, the EB3 Visa provides a regulated and dependable pathway to permanent residency in the United States. It includes professionals, unskilled workers, and skilled workers and is an element of the employment-based immigration system, more especially the third preference group. The EB3 Visa is complicated; our guide will go into its classifications, application procedure, requirements, and advantages.

Understanding the EB3 Visa Categories

Three primary groups comprise the EB3 Visa:

  • Skilled Workers: Those whose positions demand a minimum of two years of education or experience belong in this category. Technicians, skilled tradespeople, and other vocational workers are examples.
  • Professionals: People in this group are those whose jobs need a bachelor’s degree in the United States or its equivalent abroad. Professions like teachers and engineers are examples.
  • Unskilled Workers: Those who carry out untrained work that calls for less than two years of education or experience fall into this group. Among the entry-level jobs are those of staff members and agricultural laborers.

How to Apply for an EB3 Visa

There are some important phases in the complex EB3 Visa application procedure. The breakdown is as follows:

  1. Labor Certification (PERM): The first stage is for the American employer to get a labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL). This certification indicates that hiring a foreign worker won’t negatively impact the pay and working conditions of the US workforce and that there aren’t any qualified Americans available for the job.
  2. Filing Form I-140: The employer submits Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), when the labor certification is granted. This form certifies the foreign worker’s EB3 Visa eligibility.
  3. Adjustments to Status or Consular Processing: An application to register permanent residence or adjust status, Form I-485, can be filed by an applicant who is already in the country on a different visa. An applicant who is not a citizen of the United States will process consular at a U.S. embassy or consulate within their nation.

We at Passage Law provide complete guidance through every stage of this process to guarantee that all paperwork is properly created and handed in.

Processing and Approval Times for EB3 Visas

The applicant’s home country, the waiting list at USCIS and DOL right now, and the specifics of the case can all affect how long it takes to complete an EB3 visa. Generally speaking, it can take one to three years.

The EB3 approval timeline is influenced by:

  • Labor Certification Processing Time: This might take several months to more than a year, depending on the DOL’s present workload, and affects the EB3 approval timeframe.
  • Processing Time of I-140 Petition: For an extra charge, premium processing can speed up this process, which usually takes several months.
  • Status Adjustment or Consular Processing: Depending on the specifics of each case and the processing times of USCIS or the necessary U.S. consulate, this stage can take a very long period.

Transitioning from an EB3 Visa to a Green Card

The possibility to convert an EB3 Visa to a green card, which offers permanent residency in the US, is one of its major advantages. The procedure is explained in full here:

  1. Approval of Form I-140: The applicant must wait for their priority date to become current based on the Visa Bulletin released by the U.S. Department of State after USCIS approves the Form I-140 petition.
  2. Filing Form I-485: Form I-485 can be filed by applicants in the United States to change their status to permanent resident when the priority date is still current. Those not included in the United States will finish their consular processing.
  3. Biometrics and Medical Examination: Applicants will have a USCIS-approved physician perform a biometrics appointment as part of the I-485 procedure.
  4. Interview and Final Determination: To confirm an applicant’s eligibility, USCIS may ask for an interview. If every need is fulfilled after the interview, the applicant will get their green card.

Fees & Costs for the EB3 Visa

There are several expenses involved in getting an EB3 Visa overall:

  • Labor Certification: There’s no filing fee, but companies could have to pay for DOL-mandated recruiting.
  • Form I-140 Filing Fee: $700 (subject to change).
  • Premium Processing Fee (optional): $2,500 (subject to change) Shortens I-140 processing to 15 calendar days.
  • Form I-485 Filing Fee: $1,140 (subject to change) plus an $85 biometrics charge for applicants between the ages of 14 and 78.
  • Medical Exam: Varies by provider.

Our services at Passage Law are priced clearly and upfront, enabling clients to make wise budgets for their EB3 Visa application.

EB3 Visa Benefits

Benefits to holders of the EB3 Visa include:

  • Pathway to a Green Card: Holders of an EB3 Visa and their families may live and work in the United States permanently.
  • Family Members with Work Authorization: Dependents of EB3 Visa holders are eligible to apply for work authorization, which will allow them to look for jobs.
  • Education Access: U.S. schools, colleges, and institutions accept children of EB3 Visa holders, frequently at in-state tuition.

EB3 Visa Process Common Challenges

However advantageous, there are a few drawbacks to the EB3 Visa application process:

  • Labor Certification Delays: The employer must provide detailed paperwork and proof for the sometimes lengthy labor certification process.
  • Waiting lists and Retrogression: Applicants from highly sought-after nations may find the procedure much delayed by visa queues and priority date retrogression.
  • Documentation Needs: It can be difficult to fulfill the strict documentation needs for the I-140 petition as well as the labor certification.

Our skilled attorneys at Passage Law can handle these challenges and offer effective fixes to guarantee a successful application.

The Benefits of Passage Law

Time-consuming and complicated is the EB3 Visa application process. For professional legal advice at every stage of your immigration process, consult Passage Law. Services we offer consist of:

  • Consultation and Eligibility Assessment: We evaluate your qualifications and advise you on the best visa options.
  • Document Preparation and Filing: Our staff carefully gathers and files all necessary paperwork to guarantee correctness and loyalty to immigration rules.
  • Case Management: We follow the progress of your application and notify you of any changes or extra needs.
  • Interview Preparation: We increase your likelihood of acceptance by offering thorough preparation for any USCIS or consulate interview.


For professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled people wishing to live permanently in the US, the EB3 Visa is a useful immigration choice. Applicants can more successfully negotiate the path to a green card by being aware of the requirements, application procedure, and possible hurdles. At Passage Law, we are dedicated to providing you with individualized attention and expert guidance to assist you achieve your immigration objectives. Make the initial move toward a better future in the United States by getting in touch with us right now to begin your EB3 Visa application.

Additional Resources

Visit the Passage Law website for additional information on the EB3 Visa and other immigration choices. At every stage of the process, our knowledgeable legal staff and extensive resources are here to assist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the processing time for the EB3 Visa?
 A: The EB3 Visa processing time varies depending on several factors, including the applicant’s country of origin and the current workload of USCIS and DOL. On average, the process can take one to three years.

Q: Can my family members join me on an EB3 Visa?
 A: Yes, immediate family members (spouses and children under 21) can join you as dependents and apply for work and study authorization.

Q: How much does it cost to apply for an EB3 Visa?
 A: The costs include filing fees for labor certification, the I-140 petition, and the I-485 adjustment of status application, along with additional expenses for medical examinations and legal representation.

Q: What are the requirements for an EB3 Visa?
 A: Requirements vary by subcategory but generally include a valid job offer from a U.S. employer, relevant job experience or education, and an approved labor certification from the DOL.


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