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EB-3 Skilled or Professional Workers

About the Third Employment Immigration Visa Category

While 80,080 of the 140,000 employment-based immigration visas available on a yearly basis are reserved for each of the first two categories - groups which include persons with extraordinary or exceptional ability, outstanding researchers and professors, multinational managers and executives and professionals who hold advanced degrees - only half of that number are available to the category that has the most generous eligibility requirements. The EB-3 visa receives 28.6 percent of the yearly allocation of visas for employment immigration, and the categories of workers who may apply for this visa include:

  • Skilled workers whose employment positions demand at least two years of training or on-the-job experience and whose positions are neither seasonal nor temporary
  • Professionals whose positions require at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • Unskilled workers who are coming to fill employment positions that are not temporary or seasonal and that require less than two years of experience or training

Why You Need a Virginia Employment Immigration Attorney

The fact that so few visas are made available to this category of employee reflects the manner in which United States immigration law places priorities on different types of potential immigrants. Nearly three times as many visas are available for the immediate relatives of permanent residents and certain relatives of citizens - in addition to unlimited visas for immediate family of U.S. citizens - in light of the fact that the government is less eager to allow foreign nationals to immigrate to this country for the purposes of filling an employment position that might otherwise be filled by an American citizen.

Immigration Representation Throughout the East Coast and the World

The few employment visas that are offered are far easier to obtain if you possess exceptional skills or education. If you are hoping to immigrate to the U.S. for the purposes of working here, or if you are an employer looking to fill a position by hiring from abroad, it is very much in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced Virginia immigration lawyer who can help you with every aspect of the process and work to expedite the processing of your application.

Contact us now at (800) 526-1949 so that we can review your situation and begin preparing your petition!

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