Third Preference

Professionals – A person who holds a baccalaureate degree and who is a member of the professions and Skilled and Unskilled Workers – Skilled workers with at least two years training or experience and unskilled workers whose skills are in short supply in the United States.

Note: The Embassy does not keep a list of these professions.

Defined as a member of the professions who holds a baccalaureate degree. Members of the professions include, but are not limited to architects, engineers, lawyers, physicians, surgeons, and teachers in elementary or secondary schools, colleges, academies, or seminaries. It also includes any occupation for which a U.S. baccalaureate degree (or foreign equivalent) is the minimum requirement for entry into the occupation.

Defined as a person who at the time of the petition is filed is capable of performing skilled labor requiring at least 2 years training or experience, not of a temporary or seasonal nature, and for which there are no qualified workers available in the United States. Relevant post-secondary education may be considered as training for the purposes of this provision.


Defined as a person who is to perform unskilled labor, requiring less than two years training, not of a temporary or seasonal nature, for which qualified workers are not available in the United States.