The E-3 visa is available to qualifying nationals of Australia wanting to enter the United States for a classified specialty occupation. Specialty occupations are those which require specialized knowledge and the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specialty area.
Before applying for an E-3 visa, you should first determine if you are eligible to apply. You must demonstrate the following in order to qualify for an E-3 visa:
To apply for an E-3 visa, a job offer from a legitimate employer in the United States is required. However, you may travel to the United States to find a job before applying for the E-3 visa. When applying for the E-3 visa, Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker should accompany your application. Form I-129 must include and ensure the following:
You can apply for an E-3 visa at any U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate in another country.
The initial period of stay for an E-3 visa is 2 years. Extensions may be applied for with some exceptions.
Spouses and unmarried children (under the age of 21) may quality for an E-3 dependent classification. Upon filing for work authorization, your spouse must file Form I-765.
At Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., we provide individuals, families, and employers the legal representation they need to navigate the process of obtaining nonimmigrant visas such as E-3 Australian Specialty Occupation Worker visas. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.