EB-3 – Permanent Unskilled Workers

Visa Information & Characteristics

The EB-3 visa is an employment-based immigrant visa category that allows foreign workers to live in the United States and obtain permanent residency (Green Card). The “unskilled worker” subcategory is for persons performing unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience, that is not a temporary or seasonal nature.


To petition for an EB-3, you, your entity, and the employment type should be eligible.

Candidate’s Requirements

Workers willing to perform unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience, that is not a temporary or seasonal nature.

Entities’ Requirements

Any entities that can demonstrate that insufficient U.S. workers are available for their need.

Here are some industries in need of EB-3 unskilled workers (not limited to): Restaurants, fast-food chains, and other food service establishments – Hotels, resorts, and other hospitality businesses – Landscaping companies, property management firms, and other businesses involved in outdoor maintenance – The construction industry

Employment’s Requirements

Positions should be in labor shortage in the USA (for which qualified workers are not available in the United States).

The work schedule must be full time (at least 35 hours per week). Employers can require additional hours.

The tax form must be a W-2 form, and not a 1099.

The work hours must be paid at least the Federal minimum wage, State minimum wage, or local minimum wage.

Here are some examples of EB-3 jobs (not limited to): Food service workers (kitchen staff, servers, and dishwashers), Housekeepers, Janitors, Commercial Cleaner, Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers (lawn care, gardening, and landscaping – Landscaping laborers, Greenskeepers), Construction workers (carrying materials, site cleanup, and basic construction work), Manufacturing operators, Truck drivers, etc.

Length of Stay

The EB-3 is the application for the permanent residency (Green Card). The Green Card is valid for 10 years, and can be renewed indefinitely as long as you stay more than 6 months in the USA each year.

Compensation & Benefits

You will be paid the same rate as someone locally.


Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age can be your dependents and will be able to come and live in the United States with you under the Green Card.

Your spouse and children under the Green Card will be able to study in the United States.

Your spouse under the Green Card will be able to work in the U.S.A.


Process Step by Step

Here is the process in this right order:

  1. Find a job at an entity willing to sponsor you for an EB-3
  2. Your entity files an EB-3 petition with you
  3. Apply for the EB-3 (if you are outside the USA)
  4. Get the EB-3 visa and travel to the USA (if you are outside the USA)

You can not skip any steps. For example, if you haven’t got any job proposal from an entity willing to sponsor you for an EB-3, and if this entity hasn’t filed any H-1B petition and got approved for it, you won’t be able to apply for the EB-3 visa.

Job Search Duration

Your job search duration (step 1 above) will vary depending on your profile and how hard the difficulty is for U.S. employers to hire in your field.

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Visa Process Duration

It usually takes 2-3 years for candidates to obtain an EB-3 visa.


The fees are the candidate’s responsability, and are between $28k and $40k.

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