Navigating the EB-3 Visa: A Comprehensive Guide to Required Documents

Are you considering pursuing permanent residency in the United States through employment? The EB-3 visa category offers a pathway for skilled workers, professionals, and other workers to obtain lawful permanent residency based on employment. In this blog post, we’ll explore the EB-3 visa program and outline the essential documents you’ll need to prepare for your application.

Understanding the EB-3 Visa Category

The EB-3 visa category is designed for three types of foreign workers:

  1. Skilled Workers: Individuals with a minimum of two years of job experience or training.
  2. Professionals: Those with a bachelor’s degree or its foreign equivalent.
  3. Other Workers: Individuals performing unskilled labor requiring less than two years of training or experience.

Each of these categories has specific eligibility requirements and priority dates, but they all share the common goal of providing opportunities for foreign workers to contribute their skills and expertise to the U.S. labor market.

Essential Documents for the EB-3 Visa Application

  1. Labor Certification (PERM): Before applying for the EB-3 visa, your prospective employer must obtain a certified Labor Certification (PERM) from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This certification verifies that there are no qualified U.S. workers available for the position and that hiring a foreign worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
  2. Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker: Once the PERM is approved, your employer will file Form I-140 on your behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition establishes your eligibility for the EB-3 visa based on your qualifications and the job offer.
  3. Supporting Documentation for Form I-140: Along with Form I-140, you’ll need to submit supporting documentation, including:
    • Proof of your qualifications, such as educational credentials, certifications, or professional licenses.
    • Evidence of your job offer, including a detailed job description, employment contract, and salary information.
    • Documentation establishing the financial viability of your employer, such as tax returns, financial statements, or business licenses.
  4. Form DS-260, Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application: If you’re applying for an EB-3 visa from outside the United States, you’ll need to complete Form DS-260 through the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC). This form collects biographic information and details about your immigration history.
  5. Civil Documents: You’ll need to provide various civil documents, including your passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), and any divorce or death certificates from previous marriages.
  6. Medical Examination: As part of the visa application process, you’ll be required to undergo a medical examination by a designated physician to ensure that you meet the health requirements for immigration to the United States.

Navigating the EB-3 visa process can be complex, but with the right guidance and preparation, you can successfully pursue permanent residency in the United States based on employment. By gathering the required documents and working closely with your employer and immigration attorney, you can streamline the application process and maximize your chances of obtaining an EB-3 visa.

Remember, the information provided in this blog post is intended to serve as a general overview of the EB-3 visa program and its documentation requirements. For personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances, it’s essential to consult with us and we will provide you comprehensive support throughout the application process. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can take the first steps toward achieving your goal of living and working in the United States as a lawful permanent resident.