When should I start my EB3 Unskilled Visa process?

September 9, 2021

So, when is the best time to start my application with BDV Solutions?

Before you start you should ask yourself the most important question: Do I have the ability to afford the costs of the process? If yes, let's move to the next few questions.
Are you doing this process through Consular Processing (outside the United States) or Adjustment of Status (inside the United States)?
If you are adjusting your status in the United States, there is pressure to start this process as soon as you can, because you must be maintaining your status until you get your I-140 approved and EAD card in hand.

Here are a few pointers if you are adjusting your status:

  • If you are on OPT: Do not wait to start your process.
  • Your OPT will eventually expire, and if you don’t get to the EAD approval step of the EB3 process by expiration, we have seen many clients have to get new I-20s just to maintain their status for a longer period of time.
  • If you have one year remaining before your estimated graduation date, this is another good time to apply. If all goes well, you may not even need to apply for OPT because you could already have your EAD through this EB3 process.
  • If you are about to graduate, you should still not hesitate to start your application, but be prepared to maintain your status after graduation. Most of our clients do this via post completion OPT or getting a new I-20 and starting another program.

If you have recently entered the US and discovered this program, you are still eligible to apply. You must have been physically present in the US for at least 90 days in order for us to accept your application.
You can apply at any time as long as you are in status.
If you are consular processing outside the United States, there is no rush to get started. You should start your process once you are financially and mentally ready to do so.
To learn more about our process, you can watch our informational videos here.

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