EB3 Green Card – For Skilled and Graduate Workers – Part 1 of 4
The EB3 is a green card application available to anyone who has at least two years of professional training or academic education or a BA degree. Unlike the H-1B graduate visa which is only open to aliens with a BA or 12 years progressive experience the EB2 green card is available is less restrictive. Therefore an RN Nurse only requires two years of vocational training and would be eligible for a EB2 green card. A skilled carpenter, electrician, plumber, journeyman or artisan with the right qualifications and job opportunity could be eligible for the EB3 green card.
Of the 140,000 Employment based green card issued each year only approximately 40,000 are available to EB3 applicants. Needless to say, the 40,000 is nearly always exhausted to the point where the waiting time to having the case reviewed is between 3-5 years. An employer is never going to want to wait 3-5 years for a would be employee to start work, therefore it is important to explore what other visa options might be available to bridge that gap. Here are ideas.
For those EB3 candidates that do have a BA or 12 years progressive experience they can apply for the H-1B visa (subject to availability) and work on that until their EB3 application is processed. Alternatively, lesser qualified aliens can chose to go back to school so that they can qualify for a work permit on the back of their student visas. for more details please check out the H-1B and Student visa sections of the website.
It is very important to waste no time in getting set up for your green card applications, for example, the sooner you can get onto your green card the safer your status in the US will be. If a non-immigrant alien loses their job they may have to leave the US very abruptly, but if the have their green card then losing their job does not mean losing your American Dream. Another reason to push for your green card quickly is that many aliens bring with them teenage children some may be very academic and eager to go to college while others may not be academic at all. Making sure that you get them settled with a green card before their 21st birthday can make all the difference for them.
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By Chris M. Ingram, LL.M., ESQ.
Attorney at Law
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