The Third Employment-Based Preference (EB-3) covers “Skilled Workers, Professionals Holding Baccalaureate Degrees and Other Workers.” The Third Preference Employment-Based category receives 28.6 percent of the yearly worldwide limit (about 40,000 annual visas), plus any unused Employment-Based First and Second Preference visas. Only 10,000 visas of the annual quota may be assigned to unskilled workers. All Third Preference applicants require an approved I-140 petition filed by the prospective employer. All such workers require labor certification.
There are three subgroups within this category:
- Skilled workers: persons capable of performing a job requiring at least two years' training or experience;
- Professionals with a baccalaureate degree: members of a profession with at least a university bachelor's degree; and
- Other workers: those persons capable of filling positions requiring less than two years' training or experience.
Information about the Labor Certification process can be found on the PERM Labor Certification page of this website.