The EB-3 visa category is for skilled workers, professionals, and some unskilled workers seeking employment-based immigration. To qualify for an EB-3 visa, a Labor Certification and a permanent, full-time job offer are necessary. The Labor Certification ensures that no qualified U.S. workers were available for the job.
Qualifications for Skilled Workers:
Skilled workers are people who are able to perform skilled labor that requires at least two years of job experience or training, which is not of a temporary or seasonal nature.
Qualifications for Professionals:
Professionals must have a U.S. Baccalaureate Degree or its foreign equivalent and demonstrate that such a degree is the standard requirement for entry into the specific occupation. Other education or experience cannot substitute for the Baccalaureate Degree.
Qualifications for Other/Unskilled Workers:
Other/unskilled workers must be capable, at the time of the petition, of performing unskilled labor that requires less than two years of training or experience and is not of a temporary or seasonal nature.
Family of EB-3 Skilled Workers:
Spouses and children under the age of 18 of EB-3 visa holders are considered derivative beneficiaries. During the process of applying for permanent resident status (green card), the spouse is eligible to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work in the U.S.