Readers of the July Visa Bulletin may have been surprised to learn that the final action date for the employment-based third preference category for nationals of India retrogressed by more than 3 years and 5 months from June 15, 2012 (in the June Visa Bulletin) to January 1, 2009 (in the July Visa Bulletin).
What is the Employment-Based Third Preference Category also known as EB-3?
The employment-based third preference category (or EB-3) is reserved for three types of subcategories of immigrants: skilled workers, professionals, or other workers. No matter the subcategory, immigrants must have an approved labor certification from the Department of Labor and a permanent full-time job offer from a U.S. employer.
What are the subcategories?
- “Skilled workers” are defined as persons whose jobs require a minimum of 2 years training or experience, that is not of a temporary or seasonal nature. The skilled worker must meet the educational, training, or experience requirements of the job offer. Relevant post-secondary education may be considered as training.
- “Professionals” are defined as persons whose job requires at least a U.S. baccalaureate or foreign equivalent degree and are a member of the professions.
- The “other workers” subcategory is for persons performing unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature.