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United States EB-3 Application Package (Green Card for Skilled Workers) Procedures and Fees

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EB-3 application for Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers receive 28.6% of the yearly worldwide limit of employment-based immigrant visas, plus any unused visas from the Employment First Preference and Second Preference categories. This category is the third preference of the employment-based immigrant visa.

To apply for a green card through EB-3 application, the applicant must have an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-140, filed by the qualified prospective employer. The prospective employer must obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) to apply for Program Electronic Review Management (PERM). After that the applicant will be requested to attend an interview conducted by consular at U.S. Embassy.

The total processing time is estimated approximately 24-28 months.

Family members of the EB-3 immigrant are entitled to admission in the same immigrant category (Green Card). Included in this category is the spouse of the visa holder, as well as minor unmarried children under the age of 21.

  1. U.S.A. EB-3 Immigrant Visa Application Package Fees

    Our fees for handling the application package for EB-3 visa to enable the foreigner to work in the United States and later adjust his/her status is USD17,800. An additional USD3,800 and USD2,000 will be charged for each adult and child dependent visa, respectively. The fees are broken down in 3 stages below:


    Service, Administration, Legal

    (+ Filing and other Fees)

    1) PERM Labor Certificate

    - USD9,100 (Upfront)

    - USD200 expenses (Upfront)

    Advertising costs (TBD). Note: monster.com recruitment post pricing for one-off hiring: USD249/month (as of December 2021)

    Where applicable:

    USD1,500 fee for standard audit (recruitment related only); or

    USD2,500 for complex audit (more than recruitment)

    Employer is responsible for all costs relating to PERM


    2) Immigrant Petition (Green Card) I-140

    - USD4,300

    - USD200 expenses

    - USD700 filing fee (not included)

    OptionalUSD2,500 USCIS expedited processing fee


    3) Adjustment of Status (AOS) I-485

    - USD3,800/adult

    - USD2,000/child

    - USD200 expenses

    Apply in U.S.:

    Filing fee of $1,225 per person (e.g., spouse/child) (not included)

    Apply from abroad:

    Filing fee $345 + $220 green card fee per person (e.g., spouse/child) (not included)

    STAGE-3 FEE TOTAL (1 adult): USD4,000


    In particular, our fees cover the following services:
    • Continuous advice regarding the application for EB-3 visa in the United States;
    • Assistance with gathering and preparation of the required documents;
    • Review of application documents prepared by applicant(s) and employing company;
    • Drafting of authorization letter(s) and application form(s);
    • Assistance with obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD);
    • Filing of PERM application;
    • Assistance with recruitment exercise and preparation of related documents;
    • Respond to audits, if any (supplementary fees apply);
    • Submission of immigration petition package to the USCIS and relevant U.S. government agencies;
    • Legal representation for the purpose of the EB-3 visa application;
    • Liaison with the USCIS and U.S. government agencies regarding the application;
    • Respond to Request For Evidence from the USCIS, if any (supplementary fees may apply);
    • Regular reporting of application status to the client;
    • Preparation of client for the Interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

    • The fees quoted above exclude the government fees. The government filing fees can increase at any time without prior notice. Furthermore, if the application profile contains any red flags, including but not limited to immigration violations (including prior misrepresentation), criminal history, drug usage, etc., the fees for the Adjustment of Status (AOS) may increase.
    • Premium processing service is available for an extra fee of USD2,500 (15 calendar days processing time on USCIS’ end).
    • The fees stated exclude delivery charges, if any.
    • The fees stated exclude document translation fee. Please contact us for a quotation if document translation services are needed.
    • Medical examination and mandatory vaccinations fees are excluded.

  2. Payment Term and Method

    Upon receipt of confirmation of engagement, we will issue an invoice and email it together with detailed wire instructions to you. Due to the nature of services, we require full payment of the Stage-1 Fee in advance. Upon issuance of the PERM Labor Certificate, the Stage-2 and Stage-3 Fees become payable. At each stage, once service is commenced, no service fees will be refunded.

    We currently only accept check, cash or TT and credit card payment through PayPal. If invoice is settled by PayPal, an extra 5% service fee will be charged. If Taiwan uniform invoice is required, a Business Tax at 5% of the invoiced amount will be charged and collected.

  3. Eligibility Criteria

    Prospective U.S. employer

    • Obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD);
    • Apply for Program Electronic Review Management (PERM);
    • Proof of its ability to pay the foreign worker’s salary and that the foreign worker qualifies for the intended position.

    Visa Beneficiary

    • There are 3 sub-groups within this category and the applicant must be eligible under one of the following groups:

      (1) Skilled workers:
      - Workers capable of performing a job requiring a minimum of 2 years training or work experience that are not temporary or seasonal;

      (2) Professionals:
      - Professionals with bachelor’s degree in their field;
      - Working experience is not necessary;

      (3) Unskilled workers (other workers):
      - Persons capable of filling positions that require less than 2 years training or experience that are not temporary or seasonal;

    • The applicant must have an approved Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker filed by the prospective employer;

    • The applicant generally requires a Labour Certification approved by the Department of Labour.

    The above-mentioned eligibility criteria may be subject to change from time to time by the USCIS without prior notice. Please consult with Kaizen Consultants for more information.

  4. Application Procedures and Timeline

    The EB-3 visa application is comprised of 3 stages, as follows.

    Stage 1: PERM Labour Certification

    The first step is to obtain the Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) from National Prevailing Wage Centre (NPWC), which takes approximately 5 months before the filing of the PERM. To be considered for an immigrant visa under the EB-3 category, the prospective employer or agent must then obtain a labour certification approval from the Department of Labour. The employer is responsible for all costs relating to the PERM.

    As the PERM takes 5-7 months to process, Stage-1 takes approximately 1 year in total.

    Stage 2: Filing an Immigrant Petition

    Once the PERM is certified, the prospective employer then files an Immigrant Petition (known as the “green card application”). This step takes between 8-10 months to process via regular processing.

    Stage 3: Consular Processing

    After USCIS approves the petition, it is sent to the National Visa Centre (NVC). Once the visa bulletin is “current” for the foreign worker’s “priority date”, then the NVC will contact the foreign worker to schedule an immigrant green card interview, if consular processing was chosen. This typically takes 3 to 5 months (but highly dependent on policy changes) after Stage 2 is approved.

    After a successful interview, the foreign worker will receive the I-551 Immigrant Visa stamp. It will normally be valid for 10 years and is renewable.

    The whole EB-3 application process takes between 24 to 28 months (subject to change without prior notice by the USCIS). The table below shows the estimated time frame for each of the steps:



    Responsible Party

    Working Days



    Interview with our immigration consultant.


    Client’s Schedule


    Signature of retainer agreement and payment of retainer fee.


    Client’s Schedule


    Complete questionnaire and prepare the documents specified in the checklist.


    Client’s Schedule


    Stage 1:

    Obtain the Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD)

    Prospective employer & Attorney

    5-6 months


    Recruitment activities

    Prospective employer

    Prospective employer’s Schedule


    Filing for and obtaining the PERM (labor certificate)

    Prospective employer & Attorney

    5-7 months


    Upon receipt of the aforesaid documents, our firm will prepare the immigration filing package.


    14 Days


    Sign back immigration forms and letters to our firm.


    Client’s Schedule


    Submission of petition package to the USCIS.


    3-5 Day


    Stage 2:

    File Immigrant Petition (Form I-140)

    Prospective employer & USCIS

    Regular processing: 8-10 months

    Premium processing: 15 business days


    Receive response from USCIS. If the case is approved, the case will be forwarded to National Visa Centre and we will prepare the visa application and schedule interview appointment. If USCIS requests further evidence, we will prepare for the response.


    RFE Response: 14 Days


    Prepare client for visa interview.


    1 Day


    Stage 3:

    Consular Processing

    Applicant, NVC, U.S. Consular, USCIS

    3-5 months


    Obtain the I-551 Immigrant Visa stamp and travel to U.S. to assume position.


    Client’s Schedule

    Total Working Days

    24-28 Months

    • Please note that the estimated timeline does not consider a PERM audit. Any case may be subject to a random audit, which could increase the processing time by a few months. If there are little tailor-made requirements, or the file requires no foreign language, the likelihood of an audit is lower.
    • The estimated time is based on high cooperation between the client and Kaizen, and does not include delays caused by the relevant government agencies.

  5. Required Documents and Information

    Document Prepared by the Employer

    • Most recent corporate federal tax return (including all schedules)
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • IRS letter confirming FEIN (147C Letter)
    • Copy of worker’s most recent W-2 with same employer (if currently employed there)
    • Worker’s updated one page resume (with exact dates of past employment)

    Document Prepared by the Applicant

    • Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States
    • Two (2) 2x2 photographs
    • Civil Documents for the applicant (e.g. birth and marriage certificates) [*Note (1)]
    • Financial Support
    • Labour certification (if applicable)
    • Updated one page resume (with exact dates of past employment)
    • Copies of Educational credentials (e.g. copies of school records including periods of attendance, major field of study and degrees and honors awarded, degree evaluations from a credentials evaluation service, etc.)
    • Supporting documentation of applicant’s training or work experience (e.g. detailing affidavits by the trainers or employers, including the date, place and description of the duties performed by the workers, etc.)
    • Supporting documentations that the beneficiary meets the job requirements
    • Supporting documentation regarding applicant’s ability to pay
    • Completed Medical Examination Forms
    • Marriage termination documentation of EACH prior marriage, e.g. final divorce decree, death certificate, annulment papers, etc. (if applicable)
    • Court and Prison Records (if applicable)
    • Deportation documentation if you have been previously deported or removed from the U.S. at government expense (if applicable)
    • Military Records (if applicable) (check here)
    • Financial Support to show that you will not become a public charge in the U.S.
    • Police Certificate obtained from the local police authority.

    Document prepared by the Dependents

    • Passport Biological Page;
    • Documents to Establish Relationship with the Beneficiary (Notarial Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate);
    • Police Certificates (for each applicant aged 16 or older);
    • Adoption Documentation (if applicable).

    • All required documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English.
    • Legible photocopies and the original civil documents, and any required translations are required at the time of the immigrant visa interview.
    • USCIS reserves the right to demand further documents from the applicant or employing company as and when necessary.

If you wish to obtain more information or assistance, please visit the official website of Kaizen CPA Limited at www.kaizencpa.com or contact us through the following and talk to our professionals:

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