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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:

1.) Skilled workers: persons capable of performing a job requiring at least two years’ training or experience;

2.) Professionals with a baccalaureate degree: members of a profession with at least a university bachelor’s degree;

3.) Other workers: those persons capable of filling positions requiring less than two years’ training or experience.

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