E-3 Australian Visa

The E-3 visa is an exclusive work visa designed specifically for Australian citizens to engage in employment within a “specialty occupation” in the United States. A “specialty occupation” is defined as a role necessitating advanced knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or its global equivalent. Eligibility for this visa requires an Australian to possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or have cumulative experience that equates to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Moreover, the applicant must have a formal job offer from an American employer. E-3 visa petitions are exclusively processed by U.S. Consulates and cannot be filed domestically within the U.S. The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney provides details on the E-3 visa at the Canberra Usembassy website, and the State Department offers additional information at the Travel State website.

Eligibility for Dependents

Spouses and unmarried children under 21 of E-3 visa holders are eligible for the E-3D dependent visa. These dependents are not required to hold Australian nationality. An E-3 visa holder’s spouse is authorized to seek work permission upon entry into the United States in E-3D status.

Duration of Stay

E-3 visa holders and their dependents can be granted a stay in the U.S. for up to two years, with the possibility of renewals in two-year increments. This can continue provided that the visa holder remains eligible under the E-3 visa conditions.

Documentation Required for the E-3 Visa

  • The certified Labor Condition Application from the Department of Labor
  • Evidence that the U.S. employer is financially capable of paying the promised wages, alongside a bona fide job offer
  • The employment contract between the U.S. employer and the Australian employee
  • Documentation proving that the position qualifies as a specialty occupation
  • Certifications that the Australian national holds the necessary degree or its equivalent to a U.S. four-year degree
  • If the position demands a professional license or permit, a copy of such authorization
  • Proof of the applicant’s ties to their homeland or any other documentation indicating the intent to return after the visa expires

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Source: USCIS Website


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