The United States of America, U.S. for short, is a country of 50 states covering most of North America. It is the world’s third-largest country in terms of size.
The U.S. is home to one of the most developed financial markets. And with a GDP of just over $20 trillion, the U.S. has the largest global consumer market.
Widely known as the ‘Land of Opportunity’, the U.S. provides excellent prospects for people striving to achieve personal and professional success.
The EB-3 is a third preference employment-based immigrant visa. It is one of the five employment-based green card options that enables foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. as permanent residents.
The EB-3 Visa is designed for three categories of workers; skilled workers, professionals and unskilled or other workers. Those who fall into one of these three categories may be eligible for the EB-3 Visa.
Each of the three categories is defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as follows:
A cost-effective route to U.S. residency
Visa-free travel to the U.S.
Live and work permanently in the U.S.
Grants residency for family members
Straightforward application process
Pathway to U.S. citizenship after five years
Unlike other programmes that grant residency, there is no investment requirement.
Instead, applicants pay a total of $45,000, which is the total price for the principal applicant and includes all immigrant visa government fees. The cost for each additional applicant is $3,000. The main applicant can include their spouse and any children under the age of 21.
All costs, minus any fees, are fully refundable if the application is unsuccessful.
The EB-3 Visa grants successful applicants a U.S. Green Card, which provides permanent residency for the holder.
By securing a Green Card, applicants live and work in the U.S. with minimal restrictions. They also benefit from being able to leave and enter the U.S. without needing a visa, as well as live in a different state.
Successful applicants can also bring eligible family members to the U.S., including a spouse and unmarried children under 21.
Requirements are not as strict as other types of residency visas. The EB-3 is an employment-based visa, meaning you only need a non-seasonal job offer to qualify. Once issued, Green Cards have a long validity period, lasting for 10 years.
Those eligible to apply for the EB-3 Visa must meet specific requirements. These include:
The principal applicant can include their spouse and any children under the age of 21 in their application. The cost for each additional applicant is $3,000.
While the EB-3 Visa does not grant U.S. citizenship directly, it does provide a route to securing citizenship through naturalisation. To apply for U.S. citizenship, applicants must fulfil the following requirements:
While both types of visa grant permanent U.S. residency, there are some differences between the two. The main difference is that the EB-5 Visa is based on making a qualifying investment. The EB-3 Visa is dependent on the applicant having employment in the U.S.
|Citizenship or Residency Programme?||Citizenship or Residency Programme?Residency|
|Minimum Investment Amount||Minimum Investment Amount$45,000|
|Minimum Stay Requirement||Minimum Stay Requirement|
|Initial Permit Duration||Initial Permit Duration|
|Time to Residence||Time to Residence18-24 months|
|Time to Citizenship||Time to Citizenship|
|Family Inclusion?||Family Inclusion?Spouse, children under 21|
|Right to Work?||Right to Work?Yes|
|Type of Document Received||Type of Document Received?Residency permit|
|No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?||No. of Visa-Free Countries with Passport?186|