This is a green card category where your employer sponsors you for a green card. The employer must first go through the Labor Certification process to show that they could not find a qualified U.S. worker. You may be eligible for this green card if you are a skilled worker, professional, or other worker.
“Skilled workers” are persons whose job requires a minimum of 2 years training or work experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature
“Professionals” are persons whose job requires at least a U.S. baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent and are a member of the professions
The “other workers” subcategory is for persons performing unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature.
Requirements and eligibility
Processing times and Period of Stay
These are green cards so as long as you meet the residency requirements and do not violate the terms of the visa you can keep them for life.
Regarding processing time, with each step discussed above in mind, we can make an estimate on what the processing time will be. However, there are a number of factors that can drastically change the amount of time your EB-3 green card will take.
PERM Labor Certification process: about 8 months without complications.
Form I-140: average of 6 months depending on the caseload.
Premium processing shortens your petition’s processing time to 15 calendar days
Waiting for your priority date: two months to over a decade depending on country of origin.
Form I-485: average of 6 months and cannot be expedited by premium processing.
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