WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT OF THE EB-3 VISA?
This visa provides a great opportunity to bring in employees for various levels of work, and the employee can stay on indefinitely.
However, the entire process will also take over a year, maybe even two or longer.
Global Cow receives requests constantly from qualified individuals who would would love to move to the USA to work. If you are interested in a candidate with specific skills, please contact us directly to talk about your needs.
If you already have someone–already known to your farm–then Global Cow can help you process the preliminary paperwork. We also would continue to assist you with the immigration attorney we recommend.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DAIRY FARMERS?
- Discuss with Global Cow what your specific situation is.
- Complete a form which describes the dairy farm, the position that needs to be filled; include three references.
- Have a full-time job, which pays at least the normal rate in your area.
- Work with Global Cow to create a job description.
- Complete the labor certification process.
WHEN CAN I START?
- Processing is long–plan on about two years (or more).
- Labor certification process (if no audit is required): 4-6 months: pre-filing steps and 3 months: Department of Labor processing (if no audit)
- Employer files I-140 with USCIS with approved labor certification: 3-8 months (however, sometimes this process takes years). After approval of I-140 petition dates from USCIS, depends on “priority dates” for each category.
- After your specific priority date has become current, it will depend on where the employee is:
- If overseas, it is done through consular processing in home country. Applicant completes forms, and then is called for a visa interview at the local US consulate.
- If applicant is already in the USA, it is filing for an adjustment of status. After submitting the application, the government will arrange the green card interview.
The entire process will likely take two years for someone filing for an adjustment of status, and longer still for those starting from their home country.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS FOR DAIRIES?
- Labor certification advertising costs varies based on newspaper
- $700 for I-140 filing fee
- $1,440 premium processing fee (strongly recommended)
- $7500 lawyer fees
- Global Cow costs to match with an applicant as a potential employee: $1,000
- Global Cow assistance costs: $1,000
- Generally, salaries need to run at least $40,000 annually, and need to be at a professional level
*It is possible for the employer to pass some of these fees back to the foreign national, either during the process or as a payback agreement if the foreign national leaves the employer in a specific time frame. The employer must pay—at a minimum—the labor certification and advertising costs by himself.