EB3 Green Card

Employment-Based (EB) Visas

The Immigration and Nationality Act permits the government to issue 140,000 employment-based visas
each year. The 140,000 visas are divided amongst five preference categories (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4 and
EB-5).

Once issued, an EB visa allows a foreign worker and his/her family to live and work lawfully in the U.S. as
permanent residents.
The maximum number of visas that can be issued each year under the EB-3 Visa Program is 40,000 (or
28.6% of the EB program maximum of 140,000), plus any of the unused or unissued EB-1 and EB-2 quota
for that year.

No more than 10,000 visas per year can be issued to foreign workers under the EB-3 other workers
(unskilled) category.

PROCESS STEPS OF EB-3
Step One – Sign Contract
  • Submit copy of applicant passport first biographic page (page with photo).
  • Fill out EB-3 Application Questionnaire and sign the name.
Step Two – Submit Form 9089 Labor certification application
  • Prepare Labor certification application document for submission.
  • 6-8 months processing time to get Labor certification approved.
Step Three – Submit I-140 to USCIS
  • Prepare Form I-140 documents
  • Submit Immigrant petition for Alien worker (Form I-140) to USCIS
    1. Pay $700 to file regular petition. It usually takes approximately 6 months to get the result;
    2. Pay additional $2,500 Premium processing fee to expedite processing. It will take approximately 15 days to get the result.
  • USCIS approve I-140 petition.

P.S. If applicant is currently holding valid non-immigrant visa such as F-1, E-1, E-2, B-1, B-2, applicant can be qualified to file adjustment of status application (I-485) in the U.S.

Step Four – National Visa Center (NVC) send Visa Fee Bill notice
  • 1-2 months after I-140 is approved, National Visa Center (NVC) will notify applicant to pay visa fee bill, each person pays $345 for the Immigrant Visa processing fee (Visa Fee Bill)
  • Applicant and family members prepare birth certificate, Police certificate and marriage certificate, all the documents have to be translated to English and notarized by the government

Fill out Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration form (DS 260 form)

Step Five – Interview
  • Within 1-2 months, National Visa Center (NVC) completes immigrant visa processing package.
  • NVC will send the package to the U.S. Consulate.
  • U.S. Consulate receives package – starts processing background check with FBI and CIS.
  • Within 2-4 months, U.S. Consulate notifies applicant for interview
  • Applicant and family members do medical examination for interview

Applicant and family member go to interview with medical report and Employment Letter