Australian Citizens and the E3 Visa Fee

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An E3 visa is intended for Australian citizens seeking temporary work in the US. This visa can only be used in occupations requiring highly specialized knowledge as evidenced by attainment of either a bachelor’s or higher degree (or its equivalent) within that specific specialty field.

The E3 visa can be an ideal solution for anyone relocating to the US for employment purposes; however, when applying for this visa it’s important to keep certain things in mind.

1. Consulate Fee

Australian citizens looking to work in the US may want to consider applying for an E3 visa as it is much simpler and less costly than H1B visa, allowing spouses to work as well. Furthermore, applications can be completed at US Embassy/Consulate locations globally or directly.

Keep in mind that the process requires an interview with a consular officer, so it is essential to prepare in advance and bring all of the required documents, such as your valid passport and supporting documentation. Hiring a lawyer as an intermediary may help ensure all required paperwork is submitted on time.

The consular fee for an E3 visa varies depending on whether or not you’re filing a change of status petition or visa application. Processing times will depend on USCIS workload and how busy their Vermont Service Center is; for visa applications, processing times depend on where and when interviews can take place; there may also be an option to pay additional premium processing fee which reduces processing times to about 8 months.

2. Embassy Fee

If you are an Australian citizen looking to temporarily work in the US, an E3 visa could be just what’s needed to take advantage of opportunities there. Not only is this less costly than its H1B counterpart but it also permits spouses to be employed alongside you!

The Embassy Fee is a non-refundable fee charged prior to consular interviews. This charge covers the costs associated with processing your application. Payment may be made either online or in person.

If paying online, make sure that the correct amount is in your account in order to register it quickly. Also make sure that your reference number is correct in order to avoid delays in making payment and try and complete payment within 10 days after submitting an application form.

For applicants applying in person, Embassy fees can be paid either with cash or by credit card (MasterCard(r) VISA(r) Discover(r) American ExpressTM Diners Club is accepted). Personal checks will not be accepted as payment method and you will be given a numbered receipt that serves as proof of payment but only remains valid for 1 year – therefore cannot be transferred between applications or used to apply elsewhere.

Issuance fees are determined on a reciprocity basis and reflect charges levied against US citizens by your country for services similar to those rendered here. Some countries such as Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia North Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Serbia do not charge an issuance fee.

3. USCIS Fee

The E3 visa is an attractive choice for Australian citizens who have secured employment offers in the US. It’s relatively easy and costs significantly less than other work visa options, while offering shorter processing times and greater flexibility. There are a few fees associated with an E3 application which should be kept in mind before applying.

Step one in the application for an E3 visa involves your employer filing a Labor Condition Application (LCA). Once this document has been approved by the Department of Labor, you can then complete your visa application which includes extensive supporting documentation as well as an interview at your consulate.

Note that when applying for E-3 visas with USCIS, their fee must be paid by the foreign national themselves – either using credit/debit card/check/money order made payable to DHS.

Contrary to H1B visa programs, E3 visas don’t impose an annual cap on how many are issued every year; their initial duration is two years and can be renewed indefinitely; furthermore they also permit your dependent spouse and children to join you in the United States.

4. Additional Fees

At present, USCIS does not impose any additional fees on E-3 visa applications, nor are there filing fees associated with LCA, AWCIA, or USCIS fees. Due to pandemic fears, processing leadtimes may extend further than usual.

Once your application and fees have been submitted online and paid in full, the next step will be scheduling an interview at one of Australia’s U.S. Consulates or internationally (some countries can grant E3 visas). At this interview, a consular officer will decide if you should receive your E3 visa; your immigration lawyer can prepare you for this interview so all required documents can be presented and once approved they’ll stamp your passport with it and you can start working in America!