EB-3 is to satisfy the labor market demand for unskilled workers in the United States (U.S), the U.S government offers an opportunity for eligible to work and immigrate to the U.S under the EB-3 Immigrant Visa Program.
The primary applicant’s spouse as well as any children below the age of 21 are also eligible to immigrate to U.S. One primary applicant can obtain a green card for every member of his/her family.
The applicant 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.
Be performing work for which qualified workers are not available in the United States
Meet any other requirements specified on the labor certification
Processing time could be taken up to approximately 1 year and half or more. Processing time varies and solely depends on the U.S government.
Good thing about the EB-3 program is that there is no need of:
The employer submits Form 9089 to DOL (Department of Labour) for a foreign immigrant applicant .
DOL will review the application and issue Labour certificate (LC), Audit or Denial.
US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
Once the Labour certificate (LC) is issued, the employer can file I-140 application upon the decision of the foreign immigrant applicant. The immigrant applicant can choose either I-140 regular processing ($700) or premium processing (Additional $2,500). The premium processing guarantees faster response (15 days) from USCIS whereas the regular processing will take up to more than 6 months to be processed. Processing time varies time to time and is solely up to the U.S Government.
Department of State (DOS)
Once I-140 Application is approved and one’s priority date (presented in the I-140 approval notice) becomes current, the petition will move to the Department of State (DOS) and National Visa Center (NVC) will issue a Visa Fee Invoice to the applicant. Then, the applicant can pay the visa fees through online and start online DS-260 application (Personal information, Family Information, U.S entry history, Work/Employment History etc).
US Consulate General/ Embassy
After online DS-260 application and required civil documents are submitted, the immigrant petition will be forwarded to a U.S consulate located the foreign immigrant applicant’s country. The interview usually scheduled within a month from the notice issuance.