The whole EB3 Green Card processing time may take from 1 to 3 years. However, applicants from certain countries may wait up to 6 years because of the annual visa cap.
By paying an additional fee of $1,410, your sponsor can shorten your EB3 Visa processing time. Nevertheless, this may not be of any help if your permit priority date is still not current. Employers qualified for specialty roles from Australia may meet the E3 Visa requirements. Since this permit is only targeted at Australia nationals, the processing time may be shorter.
All the information about the number of available permits is listed in the EB3 Visa bulletin.
Before sponsoring your application, your employer needs to prove that there are no U.S. workers qualified for your position. This can be done by getting a labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL) and filing the ETA Form 9089.
If the labor certification is approved, your sponsor can petition for your visa by filing the Form I-140. The USCIS will need to access your company’s supporting financial documents, such as statements and tax returns.
At this point, you can fill out your Form DS-261 form your country of residence. Eventually, the USCIS will ask you to undergo a complete medical examination. You also need to attend an interview, where you can present your supporting documents.
It is important to note that EB-3 Green Card applicants always need a sponsoring employer. Self-petitioning is not allowed for this visa.