EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa
EB-2 / EB-3A Specialist Visa Immigration Attorney in the U.S.
If you’re a foreign worker with professional skills and specialized knowledge and you want to settle in the U.S., then the EB-2 EB-3 Specialist Visa Program allows you to get a green card to transfer to the US on a permanent basis. At AmLaw Group, our EB-2 / EB-3 visa attorneys will help you find the best way to turn those immigration dreams into a reality.
With our unique immigration philosophy and strategic approach, AmLaw Group’s visa attorneys successfully obtained a 98% approval rate for our clients’ petitions. Talk to our EB-2 / EB-3 visa attorney in Miami FL to get started with your visa application today!
What You Should Know About EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa
Who Can Apply for the EB-2 / EB-3 Visas?
The EB-2 visa is issued to highly qualified specialists. These are workers who have a master’s degree or the status of a candidate of science, or a bachelor’s degree diploma and work experience in their specialty for at least five years.
On the other hand, the EB-3 visa is issued to:
Having a bachelor’s degree cannot be substituted for a lower education level and work experience. Also, an applicant for this category must prove that the proposed vacancy requires a higher education (for example, by showing that the performance of job duties requires a high level of expertise or education from the employee).
The EB-3 category is created for workers who plan to move to the United States to perform unskilled labor (which does not require professional expertise or special education). The demand for workers in this area in the US labor market must be extremely high, and the proposed position cannot be temporary or seasonal.
Benefits of the EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa
There are several advantages you can get when you obtain an EB-2 / EB-3 visa.
Your application belongs to the category of work visas and does not require significant investment.
You are given the right to receive a US green card.
Your family (spouse and unmarried minor children under the age of 21) will also receive green cards.
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Requirements for EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa
To obtain an EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa, you must provide proof of outstanding ability in your field of activity. Also, you must demonstrate that:
You have a diploma of higher education or long-term and relevant work experience in the specialty (required for EB-2 only).
You have received a job offer from an employer in the United States.
You must complete a labor certification process approved by the US Department of Labor.
The employer submitting the petition must have sufficient free funds to pay your salary set by the US Department of Labor.
The employer must conduct a recruiting campaign, interview American candidates for the position of the beneficiary, and show that none of them is qualified to take the position.
Not sure if you are qualified for an EB-2 / EB-3 visa? Our experienced immigration attorneys will check your eligibility and provide you with quality legal assistance throughout the application process.
Processing Times for EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa Applications
Obtaining an EB-2 or EB-3 work visa is a long process, consisting of the following steps:
obtaining a labor certificate in the US Department of Labor (the process takes about a year);
consideration of an application (petition) at the US Immigration Service (8-9 months or from 15 days in case of payment of an additional state duty for an expedited review);
passing an interview and obtaining a visa at the US consulate (in order of priority) or applying for a change of status if the applicant is already in the US (8-10 months).
Getting A Green Card Through EB-2 / EB-3 Specialist Visa
If you receive an EB-2 or EB-3 work visa, you will be issued a green card that gives you the right to work in the United States with any employer. After applying for a green card, you are provided with temporary documents (permission to enter and work), since a green card is issued on average 1.5 years. It will be possible to apply for US citizenship 5 years after receiving a green card.
There are also a few other things to take into consideration when it comes to EB-2 / EB-3 visa.
The petition is always submitted by an American employer. He must be extremely interested in hiring this foreign specialist, since the active involvement of the employer in the visa application process will be required.
The difference between the EB-2 and EB-3 categories is that you will need a master’s or doctoral degree for the former, and while for the EB-3 category it will be enough to have an interested employer ready to accept the applicant for work.
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