Fort Myers EB-3 Visa Attorney
Helping Professional Workers, Skilled Workers, and Unskilled Workers
If you wish to live and work in the United States, you will need to obtain the appropriate permanent visa. Many immigrants secure green cards through employment-based immigration. In most cases, you will need to procure an offer of full-time employment from a U.S.-based employer willing to sponsor you.
If you have managed to secure a full-time job offer in the United States, you may qualify for the EB-3 visa as a professional worker, skilled worker, or unskilled worker. Our Fort Myers EB-3 visa lawyer can serve as your guide and advocate throughout each step of what can be an overwhelming and protracted process. Our experienced team at Hurtado Immigration Law understands how to communicate with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and can help your prospective employer obtain the necessary labor certifications.
How Obtaining an EB-3 Visa Works
Most workers will need to land a qualifying full-time position from a U.S.-based employer before they can apply for an employment-based visa. Your sponsoring employer will need to complete a labor certification that verifies that no American workers are available to fill the open position and that the job is fairly compensated.
Only 40,000 EB-3 visas are available each year. 10,000 of those visas are reserved for “unskilled workers.” Because there are generally more applicants than there are visas available, many workers will face lengthy wait times before they can receive their green cards. Unskilled workers in particular have historically faced waits of multiple years or more.
To minimize your wait, it is imperative that your application does not contain any avoidable mistakes or omissions. Our Fort Myers EB-3 visa attorney can guide workers and their employers through the labor certification and application processes. We can also help you understand what type of wait you should expect.
Qualifying for the EB-3 Visa
A worker can qualify for the EB-3 visa if they meet the requirements for one of three subcategories. The subcategory through which you apply will likely influence the extent of your wait.
You may be eligible for an EB-3 visa if you are:
- A “Professional Worker.” Professional workers are typically defined as individuals with a bachelor’s degree or a foreign equivalent relevant to their occupation. If you have a bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience, it may be more advantageous to apply under the EB-2 visa for workers with advanced degrees.
- A “Skilled Worker.” Skilled workers fill positions that do not require a college degree but do warrant at least two years of training or experience. You will need to prove that you completed at least two years of training or have accumulated at least two years of experience. You will also need to persuasively demonstrate the job requires this level of training or experience.
- An “Unskilled Worker.” Positions filled by unskilled workers require less than two years of relevant training or experience. Applicants must still meet all job requirements.
Obtain an EB-3 Visa with Our Help
Our Fort Myers EB-3 visa lawyer at Hurtado Immigration Law can help you prepare all necessary documentation and assist you and your employer with each stage of the application process. We can evaluate your qualifications and develop a strategy for obtaining you an employment-based green card as quickly as possible. Once an EB-3 green card is available to you, we can facilitate consular processing (if you are currently outside the United States) or help you request an adjustment of status (if you are currently in the country). No matter your situation, we are committed to exploring all available immigration options and helping you achieve your American Dream.