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EB-3 Visas for Skilled Workers and Professionals

EB-3 is the third preference employment-based visa for skilled workers, professionals, and unskilled workers who meet qualifications. Clients often seek legal help with EB-3 Visas from the Law Offices of KahBo Dye-Chiew.

EB-3 applicants must have a permanent, full-time job offer from a U.S. employer who must go through the labor certification process to show that there are no U.S. workers who are willing, able and qualified for the same position. 

Skilled workers

To qualify for the skilled workers category, you must show that you have two years of training or work experience that is not temporary or seasonal work.


In order to receive consideration as a professional, you must provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree or foreign degree equivalent. In addition, the degree must be the normal requirement for working in this occupation. For this category, education or experience is not an acceptable substitute for a degree.

Unskilled workers

Unskilled workers must show that they qualify for positions that require less than two years of higher degree education, training, or experience and are not temporary or seasonal jobs.

Only Schedule A occupations do not require labor certification, because the Department of Labor (DOL) categorizes them as shortage occupations, indicating a scarcity of U.S. workers exist for these job areas. Examples of Schedule A occupations include nurses and physical therapists. You can find out which positions currently fall under the category of Schedule A by consulting with an immigration lawyer in Hawaii.

Visa backlogs

According to the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) website, an unskilled workers visa backlog exists. Backlogs vary from country to country and currently exist for all three E-B3 categories—professional, skilled, and unskilled workers. However, the longest waits are for unskilled workers, which could extend as much as nine years or more.

Contact the Law Offices of KahBo Dye-Chiew in Honolulu, HI

Contact the Law Offices of KahBo Dye-Chiew to arrange a consultation and discuss EB-3 visas. Call toll free at 866-510-7082 or contact us online.


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