E-3 Visa – How to Get an E-3 Visa Appointment

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The E-3 visa is an ideal solution for US work visa applications as it does not require petitioning USCIS and offers several advantages over H1B applications, such as shorter processing times and unlimited renewals.

Visa interviews are the final step before being granted an e3 visa from US consular officers, so this article aims to inform readers on what to expect and how best to prepare for such interviews.

What to Bring

The E-3 visa provides Australians looking to work in the US with an excellent opportunity. Unlike similar work visas such as H-1B, this one is administered directly at a US Consulate abroad instead of lodging it with USCIS (the agency responsible for adjudicating work visa petitions). This reduces risks, costs and delays associated with complex petitioning processes while guaranteeing your application will be assessed quickly by an officer at consular services overseas.

At your interview, the key document you must bring with you is your passport – it must have at least six months remaining until your intended departure from the US and a valid visa label attached. In addition, bring along any supporting documentation such as LCA Certificate of Eligibility from ISSS DestinyOne as well as I-797A Form which serves as an extension of stay document should your original visa expire before you can make a renewal interview appointment.

Other essential documents include recent school transcripts and degrees/diplomas as well as evidence of your financial support, such as bank statements, fixed deposit slips or employment letters from your UW employer confirming your position, remuneration and duration. You should also bring any criminal/court records related to yourself – this could include bank statements or fixed deposit slips showing this evidence.

Preparing for the Interview

E-3 Visas allow Australians to temporarily work in specialty occupations in the US. The process starts when your US company submits a Labor Condition Application (LCA) to the Department of Labor, once approved you can either apply within or at an overseas Consulate for your E-3 Visa – applicants applying at an overseas Consulate must attend an interview with a consular officer to be approved for it.

An examiner conducts this interview to assess whether you meet visa criteria. They’ll take a close look at your professional experience, education history, travel history and supporting documents (like an LCA). If all submission requirements have been fulfilled successfully then there shouldn’t be many follow up questions and you should walk out with a visa in hand!

However, an examiner can request more information if they feel something is lacking from your submission. Therefore it is wise to be well prepared for potential questions from examiners. Having an immigration lawyer on board can be particularly beneficial as they will be able to help prepare you for interviews and ensure your submission is comprehensive. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic waiting times at US Consulates have increased significantly resulting in lengthy interview scheduling processes.

What to Expect at the Interview

An examiner will review your bundle of documents, ask questions about you and the job offer you’ve received, and discuss any ties to your home country. In order to secure a visa, it is necessary to demonstrate that all requirements have been fulfilled; these requirements include either having earned either a bachelor’s degree or four years full-time professional experience (according to industry standard 4 year full time professional experience equal one year of a bachelor’s degree), providing your resume and documentation of job offer (LCA etc).

Honesty and openness are key when applying for US immigration benefits, especially visas and temporary stays of up to 10 years. If the examiner suspects any attempts at concealment or falsifying information on your application form, they could deny your application and subject you to serious consequences including being denied admission into the US for 10 years.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, interview wait times at US Consulates are currently exceptionally long. If you already had an in-person interview for an E-3 visa and wish to renew it, options include either travelling outside the US (as previously discussed) or applying through mail renewal at the consulate closest to where you reside in Australia.

Getting There

E-3 visas are work permits that permit Australian citizens to work in certain specialized occupations in the US. Workers who have been offered employment with US companies and meet all of their qualifications (education and work experience) for that position may apply for one of these visas – this makes E-3s an attractive choice for professionals wanting to take on temporary work assignments in America.

To apply for an E-3 visa, first complete Form DS-160 and pay the fee. This provides information to the embassy about you and your intentions; be honest when answering all questions as it will give them valuable insight. Once submitted, the form allows for scheduling of an interview with a consular officer.

At your interview, a consular officer will question you regarding your background, education and work experiences as well as plans and reasons for coming to the US.

After your interview, a decision will be made regarding your visa and when you can start work. If it is approved, you will need to get to an airport quickly in order to book flights for yourself, spouse and children (if applicable). As the consulate will inform you when travel permits can be issued it is advisable that your trip plans begin as soon as possible.